Bloomington police chief Brendan Heffner tells the Bloomington City Council that serious crime is up. The city's top cop says murder, robbery, and aggravated assault all went up about 8% in 2013 compared to the previous year. Heffner says that puts the city on what he calls "the five year average." One area in which there was a drop was gang related shootings. There were 5 such incidents reported last year, about one third of the number in 2012. Heffner says the isolated nature of those five shootings is a positive sign. The city council at it's regular meeting heard from a consultant who says the existing US Cellular Coliseum will have little economic impact on a proposal for a downtown hotel. The report pegged the cost of a 150-room hotel and conference center at over $43.5-Million, with a market value of only $29.5-Million. That leaves a $14-Million gap. The council took no action, but City Manager David Hales says the council could revisit the topic down the road.
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