Reporter | Breaking news, crime and corrections

Liz Sawyer covers breaking news, crime and corrections for the Star Tribune. She previously wrote about suburban life in the south metro.

Sawyer graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in newspaper and online journalism. She worships her alma mater's college hoops team and believes that an orange is, in fact, a suitable mascot.


Residents say connections, honest conversations can help St. Paul curb violence

At final forum on curbing violence, painful conversations are acknowledged as productive.


3 wounded in drive-by shooting in north Minneapolis

One is in critical condition, while the other two suffered noncritical wounds, police said.


SuperShuttle to end service at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

The blue vans will stop running on Saturday. Employees say they were given 11 days' written notice.


Packed St. Paul forum questions why deadly violence persists

Mayor Melvin Carter told the overflow crowd that a new strategy is needed.


Man in custody after shooting, car crash in north Minneapolis

A man found with a gunshot wound after the crash was in critical condition.


Minneapolis man charged in brutal attack on 75-year-old bus passenger

The victim suffered a critical brain injury and is not suspected to survive.


Blaine man charged in shooting at St. Paul gas station

The suspect, who is charged with firing at an occupied car, was subsequently shot and wounded by a U.S. marshal.


Frustration strong at St. Paul listening session on gun violence

Mayor Melvin Carter acknowledged the range of emotions facing a community plagued by gun violence just one day after the city tallied its 29th homicide — the highest number in 25 years.


Shootings in St. Paul: Teen dead in one, marshal fires in other

The fresh shootings came even as the city's police chief had sought to reassure residents that his department is doing everything it can to quell the violence.


Minnesota BCA: Crime-spree suspect killed himself in Cottage Grove

An autopsy by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Noah Erickson, 34, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.