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Synod bishop arrested

Bruce H. Burnside, bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, faced tentative charges of homicide by intoxicated driving after a crash April 7 that killed a 52-year-old woman, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Burnside, 59, was arrested after he allegedly hit a female pedestrian at the northbound off-ramp of Highway 151 in Sun Prairie, Wis. David Berggren, a pastor of Our Savior Lutheran in Sun Prairie, told the Journal that Burnside was on his way to an afternoon meeting at the church. A former pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Monona, Wis., Burnside was elected to a six-year term as bishop in 2007, facing re-election this month. The victim, who had not been publicly identified at presstime, was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she later died.


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