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

More complaints of Pasadena police officer abuse filed

Another complaint against a few Pasadena police officers accused of beating a man during a police interview has been sent to the county.

Experts brief LAPD officers on sex offenders' practices

At a Rape Treatment Center conference, experts drew parallels between the high-profile Sandusky child molestation case and everyday sex assault investigations.

$10K reward offered in shooting of 14-year-old girl

Los Angeles Sheriff’s detectives hope a $10,000 reward will help generate clues about who shot and killed a 14-year-old girl in South L.A. on Independence Day.

Juvenile courts work to treat teen prostitutes as victims

A new Los Angeles county program to help teenagers out of prostitution is aimed at treating them as victims of sex trafficking rather than criminals.

Driver in fatal Boyle Heights taco truck crash pleads not guilty

A suspected drunk driver pleaded not guilty to murder for allegedly killing two women when her car hit a taco truck during a chase by CHP officers.

ACLU lawsuit: Deputy-on-inmate violence evidence suppressed

The suit claims policies adopted by D.A. Steve Cooley and Sheriff Lee Baca have served to suppress evidence, a violation of constitutional due process rights.

Reducing prostitution demand with Johns School

The city of Los Angeles uses a diversion program called Johns School, aimed at men arrested for picking up sex workers, to reduce the demand for prostitution.

Trying to rid Lankershim Blvd. of prostitution

Prostitution has long plagued Lankershim Boulevard in Sun Valley but now residents say they want to take their street back from the johns and streetwalkers.

LA County reclassifies Natalie Wood's death certificate

CBS News reports the L.A. County Coroner's office has reclassified Natalie Wood's death from "accidental" to "undetermined."

Teen girl dead, 2 others injured in July 4 Westmont shooting

A 14-year-old girl was killed and another child was injured Wednesday night when two men started shooting into a crowd in a Westmont neighborhood.

Man gets year in jail for hitting LAPD cop with snare drum

A man gets one year in jail for hitting an LAPD cop in the head with a snare drum during May Day demonstrations, causing a minor concussion.

Commissioners ask for more data on officer-involved shootings

Police commissioners asked the LAPD's watchdog to work with the department on new ways to measure data on officer-involved shootings and attacks on officers.

Englander: LAPD should look at OIS policy -- not stats

A report on officer-involved shootings and violent attacks on police officers should push the LAPD to look whether shootings are in policy, a city councilman said today.

Santa Fe Springs councilman admits taking $11,500 in bribes

Another city official in the Southland faces federal bribery charges for taking bribe money in exchange for insider city information about marijuana regulations.

LA's Teardrop Rapist strikes again

Police are warning women of the latest attack by the serial Teardrop Rapist and asking for the public's help to catch the guy.