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.


Woman found dead in St. Paul home

Police responded to suspected overdose.


Second parent charged in death of abused 2-year-old St. Paul girl

John Vang, 42, had a history of abusive behavior and kept the child locked in a closet for hours on end, charges say.


Health care shooting pushes clinics toward more vigilance, assessments

The shootings in Buffalo, Minn., are raising new concerns about how best to deal with irate patients vowing violence.


Officers of color barred from guarding Chauvin sue Ramsey County

The officers allege discrimination and a hostile work environment.


LiHong 'Linda' Burdick, businesswoman and painter, dies of COVID-19 complications at 72.

LiHong "Linda" Burdick spun a rare talent into a successful business.For 30 years, the master seamstress operated Lotus Cleaners & Tailors in Eden Prairie, tending…


Boy ID'd shooter in St. Paul triple murder before he died, charges say

TeKeith Svyone Jones was charged with three counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her two children.


Murder charges pending for suspect in St. Paul triple homicide

Relatives have identified the 26-year-old as the victim's ex-boyfriend.


Slain mother and two kids had hoped for a new start in St. Paul

St. Paul's SWAT team arrested a 26-year-old suspect Sunday night on the 2100 block of Wilson Avenue, where he'd been hiding in an apartment building.


St. Paul police receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine as distribution widens

Minneapolis police are scheduled to begin shots in coming weeks.


St. Paul police identify men killed in double shooting

The two, ages 21 and 39, both died later at Regions.