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Bloomington Crime Up In 2013

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 07:27:07 CST
By: Jim Browne

Bloomington Crime Up In 2013 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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