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.


Are smart home surveillance systems a new neighborhood watch?

Network of smart homes helps police crack cases but raises privacy issues.


Fired officer at Shakopee women's prison reinstated after bribe allegation

He was one of two officers to get their jobs back at Shakopee.


Pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by driver in Inver Grove Heights

Officers found a 40-year-old woman lying in the street at the intersection of Broderick and Concord boulevards, just off Hwy. 55, police said.


As Twin Cities gangs splinter, rules change, challenging cops

The evolution has forced law enforcement to rethink its strategies on tackling gang activity — the primary driver of gun violence in Minneapolis and St. Paul.


Maplewood business owner charged with molesting children who took classes in his store

Akeem Lamina repeatedly touched the 7-year-olds in his office, charges say.


St. Paul police cadets class is most diverse ever

An innovative program helps recruits overcome roadblocks to success.


Boy, 14, arrested in shooting of girl, also 14, outside St. Paul liquor store

The 14-year-old victim was shot in the abdomen and remains in stable condition at Regions Hospital


Two St. Paul teens hospitalized from separate shooting cases

The girls, 14 and 15, are each in stable condition at Regions.


St. Paul police investigate Sunday string of armed street robberies

The robberies occurred over a 3-hour stretch, police said.


Charges: St. Paul marijuana dealer, 18, killed 42-year-old client after being robbed

Darrion Isaiah Gresham remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.