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

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.

An ex-Marine suspected of trying to kill his pregnant wife

LAPD detectives suspect a former Marine and two others tried to beat his pregnant wife to death. Attempted murder charges have been filed.

Bill would require double registration for released felons

An Assembly bill would require people under county probation supervision to also register with the local police department nearest to them.

Mother of Echo Park hate crime victim pleads for help

Echo Park residents are asking people to come forward with any information about the stabbing of two men who are gay rights supporters.

California doctor faces murder charges for 3 patient deaths

A Rowland Heights doctor gets her preliminary trial in L.A County court this week. She faces murder charges for the overdose deaths of three of her patients.

Arraignment postponed for 2 charged in USC shooting deaths

Two men charged for the shooting deaths of two USC Chinese graduate students entered no plea. Several USC students attend the postponed hearing.

2 ramps from Wilshire to the 405 closed for 3 months

They’ll be shut down for the next three months. Everyone who commutes to, lives in and works in West L.A. is searching for a detour — including the post office.

Ramps connecting 405 and Wilshire to close for 90 days

Two key ramps connecting Wilshire and the 405 Freeway close Friday night. Click through to see a map of all of the closures, including those to come.