Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter

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Erika Aguilar covers Orange County for KPCC. Prior to that she was the station's crime, courts and public safety reporter.

Erika joined KPCC in 2012 after four years reporting on environmental issues for public radio station KUT in Austin, Texas, where she earned recognition for her work covering the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen, the 2011 Texas wildfires and the state’s ongoing drought. Some of her reporting has been featured on NPR and American Public Media’s "Marketplace."

Before joining KUT, Aguilar worked in TV news as an assignment editor and assistant producer for the CBS affiliate in Austin. She’s a journalism and history graduate of Texas State University.

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Stories by Erika Aguilar

The driver who hit and killed cyclist Alan Deane last year pleaded guilty to reckless driving

Family and friends attended the sentencing hearing for the driver who hit and killed activist and cyclist Alan Deane in a crash in Pasadena on Sept. 21, 2011.

LA ordinance would prohibit drinking alcohol in public housing common areas

Tenants in LA public housing projects would be prohibited from drinking alcohol outside their units or in the common areas of the complex.

89-year-old man assaulted in Oct. died this weekend at a hospital

An autopsy report could establish whether an 89-year old man died from injuries sustained during an assault that happened on a Metro bus in October.

Suspect in rape on Metro bus arrested

A tip led authorities straight to the house of a man suspected of raping a mentally ill woman while on a Metro bus.

New charges for man arrested at LAX with suitcase of weapons

A man arrested last month at LAX who allegedly carried a smoke grenade in his luggage pleaded not guilty to new charges that he made false statements to authorities.

'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker sentenced to 1 year in prison

Mark Basseley Youssef, central in making controversial anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims," was sentenced to a year in prison with 4 years supervised release.

'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker is back in court today.

An L.A. County man who is believed to be behind the film "Innocence of Muslims" is due in court today to determine if he violated probation.

USC changes visitors policy in wake of Halloween shooting

Among the changes are that only students, faculty, staff and their guests will be allowed on campus between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Suspect pleads not guilty in USC Halloween shooting

A man charged with attempted murder in a Halloween shooting at the USC campus pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Former Santa Fe Springs councilman sentenced to 2 years for taking bribes

A former Santa Fe Springs council member has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for taking $10,000 in bribes to influence the city's policy on marijuana dispensaries.

Opening of new south LA animal shelter delayed

The opening of a new South LA animal shelter has been pushed back by construction delays. Animal advocates fear the delay will put more animals at risk.

UPDATED: Shootings injure 7 at Halloween celebrations in Hollywood, USC

Two males are in serious condition and at least two are in custody in the USC shooting. The other victims are expected to live. The school's president has issued a statement.

Shooting at USC: 4 injured outside campus Halloween party

The L.A. Times is reporting that four people were wounded at USC when shots were fired at a party on campus.

3 shot in Hollywood amid Halloween festivities

Three people were injured Wednesday night — one critically — when gunfire erupted near Hollywood and Highland Boulevard during Halloween festivities.

FBI: Decline in violent crime nationally & in Los Angeles

FBI crime stats for 2011 show an overall decline in violent crime nationwide for the fifth straight year. L.A. mirrored that trend, but Anaheim reported an increase.