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Burnside: 'I am responsible for what happened'

The former Lutheran bishop charged in a deadly hit-and-run drunken-driving crash was sentenced to 10 years in prison with 5 years of extended supervision in Dane County Court on Thursday.

Bruce Burnside, 60, pleaded guilty to two of the charges against him in May, including felony second-degree reckless homicide. He was originally charged with four felonies, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Prosecutors said Burnside hit and killed Maureen Mengelt from Sun Prairie while she was out for an afternoon jog in April 2012. Prosecutors asked for an eight-year prison sentence for Burnside.

Burnside spoke at sentencing taking responsibility for the crash.

"I am responsible for what happened. No one else," he said. "I have never been so sorry. Sorry is such an insufficient word for this kind of guilt."

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New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

A Sun Prairie business will offer food and free massages at its official grand opening next week. 

Elements Massage's open house will take place from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the business, 2804 Prairie Lakes Drive, Suite 102. 

The company said it will offer free 15-minute chair massages and serve light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees can get tours of the facilities and information about massage and overall wellness. 

The Sun Prairie Chamber of commerce will also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Elements Massage of Sun Prairie is located across from Costco. There are two other Elements Massage business in the Madison area including Fitchburg at 6317 McKee Road and in Middleton at 1950 Cayuga St., according to the company website. 

House struck when two vehicles collide

A house was struck when two vehicles collided in the town of Sun Prairie Wednesday morning, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

The crash occurred at 7:37 a.m. at the intersection of Burke and Bailey roads when Kari Sporle, 23, of Mineral Point failed to stop at the intersection as she traveled west on Burke Road, deputies said.

A car driven by Ricardo Portillo, 31, of Madison, was struck on the drivers side, went into a yard and struck a house at 3348 Bailey Road, according to the release.

The drivers were taken to Madison hospitals. Deputies said Sporle had minor injuries and Portillo had serious injuries.

Deputies said the home suffered minor damage.�

Sporle told investigators she was unfamiliar with the area and failed to see the stop sign. She was cited on suspicion of failure to follow a stop sign.


Sun Prairie man faces 6th-offense OWI charge

A Sun Prairie man faces drunken driving charges after a Dane County sheriff?s deputy found him pulled over on the shoulder of Highway 151, officials said.

Around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday a Dane County sheriff?s deputy stopped to check on an occupied vehicle that had pulled over onto the shoulder of Highway 151 near Twin Lane Road in the town of Bristol, according to a release.

The deputy talked with the driver, Todd D. Finkler, 55, of Sun Prairie, and determined he had been drinking alcohol, officials said.

Finkler was arrested on tentative sixth-offense operating while intoxicated charges.

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Sun Prairie business collects sandals for overseas charity

First Choice Insurance Solutions, 1777 W. Main St., collected sandals to send to overseas to help Tanzanians prevent certain foot diseases. 

The Sun Prairie Star reported that FCIS's flip flop donation drive for Hope 2 Others yielded 600 pair of flip flops... Read More

Council approves parking changes for commercial vehicles

During the Sun Prairie City Council meeting last Tuesday, members approved amendments to a city parking ordinance concerning commercial vehicles. 

The Sun Prairie Star reported that the changes affect vehicles more than 10,000 pounds and non-commercial vehicles longer than 22 feet. Those vehicles are no longer allowed to park on city residential streets following complaints and research presented by the Sun Prairie Police Department. ... Read More

Book’n It Run hits the pavement Aug. 2

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