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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger got out of jail Friday morning, fellow Commissioner Jason Thompson, picked him up, took him to lunch and dropped Berger at home.

WWAY’s Asha Davé was the only reporter at Berger’s house when the commissioner returned, but Berger said he had nothing to say about what happened or his night in jail.

“Nope. Just want to see my dog,” Berger said.

We asked Berger if he thought the arrest was any reflection on his county service.

“I’ve been doing a great job representing tax payers. That’s my first priority, and I’m going to continue to do that,” he said as he slammed close the door to his house.

New Hanover County Republican Party Chairwoman Rhonda Amoroso said the GOP did back Berger as a Republican back in November.

“The folks here in this county got Brian Berger elected,” she said. “He is a Republican. He is responsible for his own actions, though, as well.”

Now the party is investigating the incident that led to Berger’s arrest Thursday night.

Commissioner Thompson said while the charges are not yet convictions, he did advise Berger to get a game plan, put aside anything that distracts from county business and keep private and public affairs separate.

“This is a personal issue, but it certainly brings into account your judgment as a commissioner,” Thompson said. “If you would allow yourself to get in this situation, what else might you not have good judgement on. You know discretion, best way to handle a problem.”

While the alleged victim Heather Blaylock did not want to talk publicly, her sister Holly Jones and Holly’s fiancé Adam Nicoletti said they were shocked, because the last they knew, Berger and Blaylock had broken up. But they say Berger has a history of violence.

“I’m not surprised in the least,” Nicoletti said. “Every time I met the guy, something kind of seemed off about him.”

Jones said, “I don’t have anything against Brian personally until all of this stuff started coming up, and now I have reason to fear for my nephews’ safety. I think that this might actually not be the end of it to be honest.”

Blaylock did tell WWAY her children were not involved in Thursday night’s incident.

Berger is charged with assault on a female and damage to personal property. If convicted of the assault charge, he could face up to 150 days in jail. Because they are misdemeanors, a conviction would not affect his ability to serve as a county commissioner.

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  • Guest111

    It was Jason Thompson who picked him up.

  • Tilghman Herring

    Why does WWAY allow anonymous comments? Sees a little cowardly not to own up to your thoughts, especially when placing them in a public forum.

  • Tilghman Herring

    It doesn’t sound as if Berger should have been charged with assault unless assault on an automobile is credible. However what is an issue for me is the arrogance of an elected official showing up late and unprepared for meetings. We need a conservative in his seat but not an arrogant one.
    Nice of Barfield to pick him up.

  • Guest111

    As bad as all the Berger hoopla is I still take a sigh of relief that Bill Caster is gone. He may be somewhere laughing about this but at least he has no control anymore over our county. You gotta find a bright side to every story and that’s ours.

  • Guest111

    I don’t approve of Brian’s behavior but finally there is something good happening between two commissioners. Jason Thompson showed what being the bigger man means by picking Brian up from jail and taking him out to eat. Maybe some actions of friendship will go further than all the negative that’s been shown to Brian. Way to go Jason.

  • peeweeherman

    OMG Bergers voice is hysterical !! Its PEEWEE Herman !!!! LOLOLOL

  • Carol

    REALLY? Slammed the door? Did you watch your own interview? You shouldn’t even be allowed to write for your church bulletin much less for the local paper. This is poor journalism.


  • Guest1234567

    I’m thinking Presidental candidate here, he has all the credentials.

  • If you think Berger should resign. please email the GOP county chair immediately. Rhonda Amoroso, Esq. rhonda.gopchair@gmail.com She will reply to each email.

  • Judie Brenckman

    No question he should step down – Bizzare behavior personal and professional is obvious.

  • Tom Andrews

    “WWAY’s Asha Davé was the only reporter at Berger’s house when the commissioner returned, ”

    Ya think? because WWAY has taken it upon themselves to be WWAY: The Brian Berger Biography channel… thats willing to forego REAL news for slinging mud about someone the news director has a personal agenda against. This little temper tantrum you guys have thrown has you now removed from my website as the local news provider and blocked from the viewing channels on my TV, just like all the other BS channels such as MTV, BET etc.

    “If you think Berger should resign. please email the GOP county chair immediately.”

    And WTH is this about? You guys have lost it WWAY.

    All this wackiness reminds me of the bitter Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction.”

  • Guest3230

    Who gives a sweet crap what the GOP thinks.

  • Guest: guest2

    Probably just as many as those who cares about the DNC. In case you haven’t read the headlines lately, neither have a corner on “virtue”. Stop sounding so “holier than thou”. Corruption knows no political boundaries. You can find thieves, liars, sex perverts, ets. in both political parties…..

  • bill

    What he did eas an irresponible act,and yes I do believe this man has some issues,well welcome to the real world,dont we all,After all this is his personal life and it takes two to tango,soooo, wheres the rest of the story,it seems apparent these two should not be together,no relationship is worth that much termoil,especialy when there ars children involved.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    WECT waited for him outside the jail.

    Any difference is pure fantasy on your part.

  • go_heels

    And WECT also called the home of at least one NHC Commissioner during the 5:00 AM hour Friday morning seeking comment about this.

  • Guest611

    In what universe is an elected official getting arrested for domestic violence not news-worthy?

  • Sarah Sanders

    You know maybe people should wait till they hear the whole story before being so quick to jump to conclusions! There are always several sides to a story and clearly WWAY is only showing the side they like the best. If you compare WWAY to other media outlets you will see that they clearly are out to show Berger in the worst light possible. While I am not saying what Berger did is ok, I am saying that WWAY has a way of stretching things and using certain word choices to make things seem worse then they are. For example, they said how Berger “slammed close the door to his house.” Slamming is an act of anger. How do we know he “slammed” the door for sure? Its very easy for a reporter to claim that it was a slam when nobody was there and little things like that are not disputed. Yet you put a bunch of little words together and it can put a whole new spin on a story! Every couple has problems now and then and while some problems are bigger then others and some couples fight more then others, I really think certain people are jumping to blow this out of proportion! Blaylock even commented in the Star News how things had been blown up to something bigger then they were. Funny how she was willing to talk to other media more then WWAY. Maybe there is a reason….

  • Guesttoday

    When I viewed the WWAY video I did not see Mr. Berger slamming the door. I read the article before I saw the video and I was waiting to see him slam the door but clearly he didn’t do this. I can remember my parents watching the news every evening and if Huntley or Brinkley said it it was factual to them no question. This media outlet doesn’t seem to raise the bar on its journalism skillset. As a viewer and reader of this channel I expect facts….just the facts!
    If I want tabloid I’ll buy the Star…lol. Seriously though, it seems to me its becoming more of an oped and real news reporting is so very important. News reporters are the eyes and ears of the public, so WWAY you need to step up!

  • RSimmons

    For a guy who claims he is for lower taxes and smaller Government he sure is using a lot of resources that other folks are paying for.
    Time to ride this fool out of town on a rail along with his patron Ben McCoy

  • Citizen101

    Guess this shows how officials get better treatment than the regular public…. NC Law is that a individual arrested on domestic violence serve a mandatory 48 hours in jail…. and he only spends 1 night??? Makes you wonder……

  • Guest6543

    Someone MAY serve up to 48 hours in jail before being released. It is not mandatory, only that a district court judge set the bond. A person who is arrested while district court is in session can go straight before the judge, have a bond set and immediately be released without ever stepping foot in jail. Beger’s arrest was handled by the book.


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