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.


Sixth Minnesota inmate dies of COVID-19

Three other Minnesota inmates remain hospitalized and connected to ventilators.


Attorney for fired St. Paul cop pushes back on police chief's account

His attorney says suspect had used knife, claimed to have gun before shooting.


Video shows Ramsey County sheriff driving past struck pedestrian

Bob Fletcher says the wet street and the man's position on roadway made it hard for him to see.


Man shot by St. Paul police over weekend charged in assault, kidnapping

Charges filed in Dakota County detail the sexual assault and kidnapping that preceded the controversial shooting.


'Staggering' surge in violent carjackings across Minneapolis

Over the past two months, Minneapolis police have logged more than 125 carjackings in the city, a troubling surge that authorities no longer just link to small groups of marauding teens.


Mpls. mayor, chief call plan to cut police funds 'untenable'

Mayor Jacob Frey and Chief Medaria Arradondo said police reforms and community alternatives cannot come at the cost of further cuts to the department already facing historic attrition rates.


St. Paul police shoot man after domestic dispute call, crash in North End

The shooting came after officers responded to a domestic abuse call. The man who was shot was taken to Regions Hospital and was in stable condition early Sunday.


Mpls. park crews assess damage to Washington, Pioneers statues

The culprits toppled the statue of the first president and covered the pioneers monument with anti-colonialist graffiti.


Woman arrested in shooting death at Minneapolis apartment

A man's death was the city's 79th homicide this year — and the third this week.


Mpls. police restrict use of 'no-knock' search and arrest warrants

Mayor Jacob Frey and Chief Medaria Arradondo announced the policy change six months after George Floyd's death.