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

Bear-watchers beware: Experts to hold urban bear seminar

In the wake of recent bear sightings around Southland cities, experts plan to hold a seminar on bears and urban areas Saturday evening.

Pepperdine president's son arrested for threatening parents

Pepperdine University president's son was arrested on the private Malibu campus Thursday for allegedly threatening his parents and on suspicion of carrying a gun.

Suspect in LL Cool J burglary faces third strike charge

The homeless man who allegedly broke into rapper-actor LL Cool J's home is charged with first degree burglary and faces a third strike under California's Three Strikes Law.

Pre-dawn San Gabriel Valley drug sweep nets dozens of arrests

The FBI and local law enforcement agencies made major arrests after early morning drug raids in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas.

Renewed call for release of man whose conviction was overturned

The California Innocence Project is asking the Attorney General to back off and allow a man whose conviction has been overturned by a federal judge to be released.

New federal courthouse: waste of money or legal necessity?

Federal building management officials hope to build a new courthouse in downtown, but critics say the $400 million project isn't necessary.

Reward offered in April stabbing death of CalArts alumnus

The mother and friends of Samuel Michel, 25, hope a $50,000 reward will bring more clues as to who murdered Michel on April 10th and why.

Leave the car, take the airbag: car thieves have a new target

Los Angeles police says car thieves are breaking into vehicles in the Studio City area to steal airbags for after-market resale.

Registered sex offenders could be banned from Cerritos city parks

Cerritos could be the next city to ban registered sex offenders from parks. Since last year, the Orange County District Attorney as pushed cities to pass such ordinances.

Many LA students start school three weeks earlier than usual

Many Los Angeles-area students start school three weeks earlier this year, forcing parents to start shopping and schools to cool classrooms.

Hollywood intersection to be renamed after slain officer

An intersection in Hollywood will be renamed "Ian Campbell Square" to honor an LAPD officer who was kidnapped and killed in the notorious 1963 Onion Field case.

Art Walk drama-free; no arrests despite chalking

As Thursday came to a close, despite predictions of clashes between police and visiting Occupy Oakland activists, all was peaceful downtown.

Map: Whole neighborhoods hit the streets for National Night Out

National Night Out, a community-police traditional event, comes at a time when some Southern California police departments are dealing with tension in the neighborhood.

LA residents vent frustrations about helicopter noise

Residents gave public testimony about noisy and intrusive helicopters at a FAA hearing in Sherman Oaks aimed at reducing noise pollution.

Pasadena police may change officer review process

The Pasadena police chief moves to make some small changes to how the department handles internal reviews and tracks officer behavior.