BLOOMINGTON — Seven theft charges have been dismissed for a second time against the former general manager of the company that once oversaw operations of the city-owned arena.

In a ruling that echoed the same points he raised in an April opinion dismissing 13 theft charges against Bart Rogers, Judge Michael Stroh again found the refiled indictments against Rogers lacking in detail as to how he allegedly stole public funds.

Rogers is one of five former executives involved in the management of U.S. Cellular Coliseum that is now under a different management company and is called Grossinger Motors Arena.

Rogers was employed by Central Illinois Arena Management (CIAM), the firm hired by the city to oversee the 7,000-seat downtown venue.

Stroh, in a ruling issued late Friday, said the state’s efforts to correct deficiencies outlined by the previous dismissal still fell short of what Rogers is entitled to know in order to prepare a defense.

“The indictment is silent as to what specific acts were taken by the defendant or one for whose conduct he was legally responsible for what would constitute an offense. In fact, there are no allegations, at all, of any acts taken by the defendant,” states the ruling.

McLean County’s first assistant state’s attorney Brad Rigdon said the state will refile the theft charges a third time against Rogers.

Defense lawyer Stephanie Wong said “the ruling is consistent with the court’s earlier order in that the charges are 'unusually vague.' As we argued all along, the only action alleged in the indictments is action taken by the City of Bloomington. Bart is not responsible for any action or decisions taken by the City of Bloomington.”