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

Williams Fire now burning well over 4,000 acres (Updated)

Firefighters hope to take advantage of cooler temperatures, higher humidity and dying winds tonight to battle the fire still burning in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Two bills would force convicted pimps to fork over profits from victims

Two pieces of state legislation that passed during the final weeks of the session aim to strip money from convicted human traffickers made off victims.

77th Street area sees an uptick in home burglaries in the last week.

A rash of home break-ins hits a small neighborhood pocket in the LAPD 77th Division area in South Los Angeles.

Woman dies in LAPD custody, officers under investigation

A woman under investigation for child endangerment died in the back of a patrol car in July, LAPD said Thursday. Five officers are under investigation.

LAPD Foothill Division commanding officer relieved of duty and demoted

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced he is demoting the commander officer of the Foothill Division after video surfaced of two officers tackling a driver at a traffic stop.

Glendale bear to become a Colorado bear

The 400-pound black bear that had made itself comfortable all across Glendale is now hanging out in a temporary respite, awaiting a permanent home.

Tennis umpire charged with murder pleads not guilty

Tennis umpire Lois Goodman plead not guilty Wednesday to murder charges for allegedly bludgeoning her husband to death with a coffee mug. A judge reduced her bail.

VIDEO: 2 LAPD officers accused of traffic stop beating

Two LAPD officers are under internal investigation after being accused of using bodily force during a traffic stop that was caught on video.

Bus and Blue Line commuter train collide in Los Angeles

The Metro Blue Line train collided with a Metro bus at San Pedro Street and Washington Boulevard. The bus then knocked down a traffic signal.

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.