Liz Sawyer | Star Tribune
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.


Normandale student charged with assaulting teachers allegedly had gun in backpack

Attacks followed request to suspect to stay after class to discuss his remarks to another student.


Man tried to abduct girl, 8, outside Lake Harriet Lower Elementary School

Minneapolis police are asking for the public's help locating the man, described as white, about 50 to 60, with a long black beard.


Snowmobiler found guilty of 3rd-degree murder in drunken crash killing boy on lake

It took the jury just four hours to reach a unanimous decision in an emotional case that changed state law long before the trial began.


Judge approves adding second-degree murder charge against fired officer Noor

Judge Katherine Quaintance approved the state's request seeking an upgraded count in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.


Minnesota Department of Corrections in talks with Rush City prisoners after work strike

Rush City prisoners say they're being mistreated.


Robbinsdale hit-and-run suspect turns himself in to police

The 44-year-old motorist from Brooklyn Park walked into the Robbsindale Police Department.


Body found submerged in Crow River inside vehicle matching car of missing Monticello woman

Wright County sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday discovered a body inside a submerged vehicle in the Crow River believed to be a missing Monticello woman. Officers…


Robbinsdale police seek help locating hit-and run-suspect who hospitalized pedestrian

Robbinsdale police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a hit-and-run driver who seriously injured a pedestrian Monday evening. Officers responded to a crash report…


Authorities find dead man floating in Mississippi River in Minneapolis

Hennepin County sheriff's deputies and Minneapolis police responded to just past the St. Anthony Lock and Dam around noon.


North Mpls. precinct chief demoted after Christmas tree uproar

The lieutenant in charge of the day shift was also replaced after a photo of the tree surfaced on social media, sparking a public backlash.