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Bishop charged in fatality

Bruce Burnside, 59, bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, was charged in April with three felonies: homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, hit and run resulting in death, and homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, as well as a misdemeanor. He was arrested April 7 after he allegedly struck and killed jogger Maureen Mengelt, 52, in Madison, Wis. Burnside was released from jail April 11 on a signature bond and entered an inpatient treatment facility. Philip Hougen, former bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, is serving as interim bishop. Burnside's term concludes the end of June. The synod assembly was expected to decide May 4 on the recommendation of its council to delay the election of a bishop until the fall.


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