FIRST ON 3: Berger bond set; Girlfriend too afraid to go to his house without police; Listen to 911 call
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Commissioner who's been embroiled in several controversies landed in jail overnight. Wilmington Police arrested Brian Berger shortly after midnight.

During a court appearance this morning, a judge set Berger's bond at $500 unsecured.

Berger is charged with assault on a female and damage to personal property. Berger faces up to 150 days in jail if convicted. A police spokeswoman says the charges stem from a domestic incident at his home around 7 p.m. Thursday.

In a call to New Hanover County 911, the alleged victim told an operator it wasn't an emergency, but she wanted a police officer to accompany her to Berger's home.

Listen to Brian Berger's girlfriend's call to 911.

View incident report from Wilmington Police Department

"Basically what's happening," the unidentified woman said, "is my boyfriend and I had a huge fight, and he's throwing my stuff out, and the trash is being picked up tomorrow, and I need to get my stuff, but he's already been physical. He's tried to, I don't know, grab me, and I'm scared to go over and get my stuff, so I'm wondering if there's any way that I can have a police officer come to my place and then escort me to his place so I can get my things."

According to a news release from the police department, the woman told officers the incident happened at Berger's home. An incident report identifies the woman as Catherine Heather Blaylock.

The alleged victim went on to say that she did not want to wait by herself outside Berger's home at 527 Commons Way waiting for an officer, so arrangements were made for her to meet an officer at a drugstore nearby.

The woman told the operator she just wanted to get a few things of hers out of a box Berger was trying to throw away.

"I'm just more scared that... he's already tried to get in my car," she said, "and when I locked the doors so he couldn't get in, ripped the door handle off my car. So I really don't want to be alone with him right now."

Berger is being held without bond at the New Hanover County detention facility. He'll make his first appearance in court later today.

This is not the first time police have responded to Berger's home. Back in January, WWAY obtained text messages from Blaylock, who lived with Berger at the time, that claimed that she was concerned about herself and her children.

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Who gives a sweet crap about the GOP.

This is a man who is constantly late, rambles without making valid points, has anger issues, a hard time accepting reality, and now has been arrested. The whole board of Commissioners should take a drug test. Mr. Berger is acting like an addict. Maybe it is not a chemical addiction, but something is off here. Anyone who knew Brian several years ago can testify to the fact that this is not the same man. I have a bad feeling we are seeing a young man who at one time had a great future .......spiral down the drain. No matter how much of this charge is true, something is off here. I actually was surprised and pleased that members of the board support him at this time. Maybe Mr. Berger will get his act together, the first step is considering the option of stepping down, and getting his life together out of the public eye

Sounds more like assault on a vehicle to me.

ABC-TV cancelled my soap. It's so nice to know I have Berger, and the rest of the circus, to tune into daily and be entertained.

the girlfriend says"uhmmm is this like the number I call to get the police or something..?" Uhmmm...

She called 911.... I mean,,, Really??

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Actually, this is just another thing that the WWAY station got wrong. The girl involved in this story has been a friend of mine for almost six years and when I talked to her the other day she told me she never called 911. She said she thought 911 was for emergencies only and since she did not think of it as an emergency she dialed the communications number at the police department, which she has had in her phone for years ever since she moved to a college town where people like to get drunk and party till 4am. It was a 910 number. So yet again, WWAY messed up!

As for the reason of arrest-in North Carolina if there is probable cause to believe an assault has occurred between a current or former husband/wife or girlfriend/boyfriend, people who have lived in the same residence together, people who have a child in common, etc. the law makes it a MANDATORY ARREST by law enforcement. It isn't up to the locale, it is a statutory mandate, the law enforcement officer shall arrest with probable cause of assault.

So when he decides to start telling everyone how the police are in cohoots to make him look bad, remember that. And there was obviously probable cause or he would have been released by the magistrate once he got to the jail.

Someone just posted on the StarNews:
"Isn't it quite interesting that this "less government" individual apparently requires more government resources than the average person."

http://forum.starnewsonline.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4576&p=39021#p39021

Where are all of the republican leaders calling for Berger's resignation? Are they actually endorsing this behavior? As they remain silent on this issue, I am sure they are calling for the resignation of Congressman Weiner. Pantano and Berger helped each other throughout their campaigns in fundrasing, etc. Both are unemployed, both cannot controls their urges to committ violence and both are as KOOKY as they come! Hey Pantano...have the courage to come out of your hole and defend your buddy Berger. You remember what is is like walking in a courtroom in leg irons during YOUR legals issues, right?

So True!!!

Please email Rhonda Amoroso, Chair of the NHC GOP Party, about whether you think the party should demand Berger's resignation and appoint a replacement. All emails will be read and replied... Thanks, rhonda.gopchair@gmail.com

Why would the Republicans want Weiner gone? He's actually the best thing for them as long as he is still in office.

the courage to come out of your hole and run for office, serve your country and open yourself up to public scrutiny? Did you challenge Jason Thompson for his urge to commit violence? Is he not just as "kooky" or does than just apply to the other side?

"Hey Pantano...have the courage to come out of your hole and defend your buddy Berger. You remember what is is like walking in a courtroom in leg irons during YOUR legals issues, right?"

Pantano was acquitted and that was a very CHEAP shot. Where and when did you serve?

Did WWAY even check to see if any other commissioners spent last night in jail? Yeah, didn't think so.

Arrest records are entirely public and looked at nightly. Anyone with a cellphone app or an internet connection can listen to police scanners. Star News runs mug shots on their front page. I'd be embarassed for our media if they didn't catch this particular famous face by the break of dawn.

...that sound like a squeaky little mouse when they speak!

We do not live in New Hanover County, but follow WWAY's coverage of the County Comissioners because it's often comical to say the least! I think personally Brian Berger has issues, but in this incident, he didn't actually assault the girl according to his statement and that of his girlfriend. He hit the car and damaged the car, but did not physically touch her...how can one be charged with assault and be forced to spend the night in jail with no bond when no assault actually occured? Just wondering!

Assault is making someone think that violence will be done to them, battery is doing violence. Sounds to me like assault was accurate here. If some random lunatic was attacking my car trying to get in while screaming at me, I would be afraid that he would do damage to me if he was able.

in many NC counties, if a woman tells the police she's been touched or feels threatened in any way & its believable, the male can be arrested & locked up. due to domestic battery/assault increases, law enforcement in several municipalities have adopted this policy....and its very controversial (i.e. Duke Lacrosse)

Definitely not an expert, but I thought assault was the perceived threat by an individual with the ability to imminently cause harm.

I don't think he actually had to touched her to be charged. That would be battery.

Assault is not physical harm; that's battery. Assault is the threat of physical harm.

This actually is assault. Assault is technically the immediate threat of violence, regardless of the actual violence occurs. If I raise my fist to immediately threaten to hit someone, that's assault. If I actually hit them, that's battery....That's my understanding anyway.

Trying to get into a car and violently ripping off the door handle is definitely assault.

This song by Tammy Wynette might give you strength during this difficult time:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwBirf4BWew

Reading other comments in the Star News I See Big Ben McCoy blames the Woman. I liked the comment the gentleman Posted. Big Ben posted: He should have thrown the "Crazy Harpy" out. I agree, Crazy Harpy describes Big Ben McCoy and Mr. Berger to a Tee. That's right Big Ben blame the Woman. That will get You what You want. The Phones should Light up Now.

Can you apply for unemployment benefits while you are incarcerated? Brian Berger can probably find a way.

New campaign slogan--Brian Berger: He makes Catherine Moore look normal!

Dear Ben McCoy:
Please do not bring us any other candidates.
Signed,
The Republicans

Did I see someone who looked like him on Star Trek or the X Files?

I have been laughing at this comment for quite some time. Bravo!

Burgerbummer that was EXCELLENT !!!

When the plot just simply can not get any thicker. I some how actually feel sorry for this man. When the proverbial S+++ starts rolling down hill there is no stopping it. Maybe Ben McCoy will throw himself in front of the raging flow and take one for the team. After all, it's a team He himself created. Just another example of imbalance by Mr. Berger and at the most inopportune time. I am sure the wagons are circling and the Spin is forthcoming but even Mr. McCoy, aka Fearless Leader will have a hard time explaining away this. The Conspiracy Theory stuff he loves to spew will be hard to use this time. I bet He will be back to his cupboard of slander and innuendo. Ben that cupboard is bare. I am not going to criticize Mr. Berger anymore. He's now starting to slide into an abyss and there is no use giving him a push.