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

4 suspects who allegedly robbed a jewelry store will stand trial

Four suspects are ordered to stand trial for allegedly robbing a Moreno Valley pawn store and leading authorities on two separate car chases.

Federal case against L.A. gang activist dropped

A federal judge dismissed racketeering and conspiracy to murder charges against a well-known Los Angeles gang interventionist. But he may soon be back in court.

UPDATED: Police investigate hostage assault in Nordstrom Rack robbery

The employees – 13 women and a man – were being questioned. At least two robbers are being sought. The I-405 Freeway was also closed for a while.

Fewer services, higher fees for CA courts in budget proposal

The governor's budget proposal doesn't call for deep budget cuts to state courts. But it doesn't generate more money for them, either.

Court reporters find work outside of courtrooms

Court reporters lose jobs in courtrooms as state funding cuts to the judicial branch continue - but many hope to find work elsewhere.

Third suspect charged in shooting of Pasadena youth coach

Prosecutors have charged a third suspect in the fatal shooting of Victor McClinton, a popular Pasadena youth sports coach, on Christmas Day.

LAPD commission questions officer discipline methods

The Los Angeles police civilian oversight board is at odds with how the LAPD uses its "warning" systems for disciplining officers involved in shootings.

400 honor Pasadena youth leader killed Christmas Day (Photos)

About 400 people from around Los Angeles County honored a Pasadena youth mentor and LA County Sheriff's employee shot and killed in front of his home Christmas Day.

Friends to honor Pasadena youth mentor with vigil

A candlelight vigil is planned for Thursday evening to honor a Pasadena neighborhood leader killed during a Christmas day shooting outside his home.

TEC-9s, MAC-11s, Uzis among guns recovered at LA buyback (PHOTOS)

Los Angeles moved its annual gun buyback from May to December in response to the Newtown, Connecticut shootings. Owners exchanged the firearms for gift cards.

UPDATE: LA offers groceries for guns in annual buyback program

A buyback last May netted about 1,700 guns, including a rocket launcher and 52 other assault weapons. It was moved up due to the Newtown massacre.

Skid Row mission gives Christmas toys to children

Skid Row's Midnight Mission gives away thousands of toys to homeless and poor children on Christmas Day.

LA Archbishop celebrates Christmas morning Mass with inmates

The Archbishop of Los Angeles and jail staff host the annual Christmas morning Mass for inmates at Men's Central Jail.

Pasadena police shooting of Kendrec McDade, 19, ruled lawful

The DA's office has concluded that Pasadena police officers responding to a robbery report acted lawfully when they shot to death a suspect who turned out to be unarmed.

Suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of Unique Russell

Sheriff's detectives say they've arrested one suspect in connection to the Fourth of July fatal shooting of Unique Russell, 14, in South Los Angeles.