Berger claims WPD lied; Evangelous defends department (INCLUDES BERGER’S EMAIL TO THE CHIEF)

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Submitted: Thu, 09/01/2011 - 3:51am
Updated: Thu, 09/01/2011 - 12:35pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous is defending his department against accusations from New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger. Berger has accused WPD of lying in a report about an incident at Berger’s home Monday night.

“We don’t mischaracterize, and we don’t lie,” Evangelous said in a statement. “We’re here to serve and protect the community.”

Evangelous released the statement after Berger said the police lied about him having injuries from a razor, having a handgun and that drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.

Police responded to Berger’s home late Monday night after getting a request to assist EMS responding to a medical call from Berger’s girlfriend Heather Blaylock. Sources close to Berger have said the commissioner tried to kill himself, but Berger says that is not true.


According to a police report, officers seized a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson and ammunition from Berger’s home. However, Berger says he does not own a pistol, though he admits he does have a rifle. Berger also says he did not have injuries from a razor, as the report indicated.

In an e-mail to Evangelous Wednesday morning, Berger wrote, “A superficial cut while not good or something to be proud of can’t possibly constitute attempted suicide when a firearm is readily available and would be the logical choice in the event someone intended to commit suicide.”

Berger also said he had not had a drink “even a sip of a wine cooler or any other alcoholic beverage within a week of Monday evening, possibly longer” and was not on drugs. He did concede during a radio interview Tuesday that police may have been referring to legal prescription drugs. In his e-mail Berger said the mention of drugs and alcohol “is not only false, but distorts the entire series of events. How can something so false be ‘reported’ as having occured (sic) and provided to media, the public and internally.”

Crews took Berger to the hospital Monday. Berger said on the radio he was given the choice to go to the hospital or jail, so he chose the hospital, where he was later released, because of his experience after Wilmington Police arrested him in June on domestic violence charges after Blaylock called police. Berger also said he met with Evangelous last week about his “false arrest” in June.

In his e-mail, Berger said of Blaylock, “I love her, don’t get me wrong, but Heather has a history of compulsive lying and giving false information in 911 calls and to the authorities. That doesn’t mean she’s being completely dishonest, but that she will on occassion (sic) manipulate information to create a false sense of reality for others, and this is well-documented.”

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20 Comments on "Berger claims WPD lied; Evangelous defends department (INCLUDES BERGER’S EMAIL TO THE CHIEF)"

2015 years 8 months ago

Where the hell are all the people that encouraged this guy to run for county commissioner and why aren’t any of them coming to his rescue? Come on Brian Berger supporters the man needs to hear an encouraging word from you or anyone for that matter!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Now I hope he resigns quickley, get his affairs in order and moves on with his life. I have had it with his antics.

Wilmington Observer
2015 years 8 months ago

This is starting to sound like Katherine Bell Moore all over again.

Public official engages in wrongdoing.
Police are called.
Incident occurs.
Public official accuses police of lying.
Public official exhibits tendencies of paranoid delusions.
Police stand by their report.
Wilmington residents are ultimately left in the dark.

Same song, second verse.

2015 years 8 months ago

Are you asking where his people are. Read the email. Do you seriously think this idiot could formulate complete sentences like that. His people are writing this stuff for him like probably everything else he makes a statement on. All of the voters that voted for this nut should be ashamed of themselves.

The scary thing I have always found in politics is when a person or people vote for a particular person for the sole reason of party affiliated with. They could care a less about if the person was qualified or not. Please, please someone who voted for him defend the reason why. I would love to hear it!!

2015 years 8 months ago

I have 4 numbers for Mr Berger……10-73!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Berger should resign and leave town, he has embarrassed this community enough. Save face and move on!

2015 years 8 months ago

Sounds like he needs to move to Tabor City. Maybe he can hook up with Frog and R.C.

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 8 months ago

Here We go again II. Now He says no booze, no drugs, no gun, no razor wound. Somebody is lying. I know Ralph Evangelous well enough to know it ain’t Him. If it is one of His subordinates, they can go ahead and start looking for another job outside of law enforcement. Brian You need to shut the hell up with your wild accusations. It all starts with You and believe Me, It will end with your views that everyone is conspiring to get you. What, You don’t answer the door for 20 minutes? What are You doing? flushing Your stash? Poor Brian, I popped some pills, had a wine cooler, started crying uncontrollably and had to compose myself. Your crazy girlfriend is bringing You down and You try to discredit everyone who ends up at your doorstep. I am sure the EMS, The Police, probably Fire also were all fighting to get there first and see what they can conjure up. What a poor, pitiful little shell of a man. And, three more years of it.

2015 years 8 months ago

It’s called public information, people. He’s a public servant, his address is public, and so is his phone number. The report is public. Almost nothing is private in government.

maria giresi
2015 years 8 months ago

I find it fascinating that berger’s address was published, almost like he was criminal, a sex offender perhaps..i think star news was wrong publishing his address..when other people in our local government spent tax payers money on family members of the council and his wife (yes, i’m talking about mayor saffo), i dont recall his address being published…i know his real estate office is on oleander though..not real pleased with star news’ unfair treatment of particular people…

2015 years 8 months ago

Is anyone else here reminded of Kathryn Moore? I’m having flashbacks!

2015 years 8 months ago

….going on thirteen….and I don’t mean an average thirteen year-old. I mean a deeply disturbed, mentally imbalanced thirteen year-old.

Das Weibstück
2015 years 8 months ago

Please move away, maybe Tabor City.

2015 years 8 months ago

I mean I understand the guy has some obvious mental issues as does his GF but did we have to post his email address so now he can be shameless bombarded by emails and harassed by the public. Yeesh just beat a man while he’s down why dont ya.

2015 years 8 months ago

I agree! and his cell phone number?! If you are saying that Chief Evangelous is correct and the report is accurate, then you ALL must surely agree that Mr.Berger needs some true help. Whatever he has done wrong is not excused, but who are we to judge? I am more worried that he might actually hurt himself next time. Which brings up a very valid point. If it was true than why was he not involuntarily committed? If you so much as say you intentionally hurt yourself you are automatically committed involuntarily!! The ER is full of IVCs!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Romeo and Juliet

Hester Prynne and the Reverend Dimmesdale

Paul and Irena Gallier (Brother and Sister in “Cat People”)

Creepy Old Guy and Frog Strickland

Brian Berger and Heather Blaylock

(Nothing like reading about a cursed, doomed, unholy, and destructive relationship to make you feel relatively normal.)

2015 years 8 months ago

…Herman and Lilly Munster!

2015 years 8 months ago

Good for you Chief. Chief Ralph is honorable and dignified. Berger you are a fool. You are wasting the valuable time of the WPD AND you are wasting MY TAX MONEY. LEAVE!!!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

The Chief is a class act and I put my trust in him and the force that he leads in the City of Wilmington.

…He is truly an example of Wimington’s Finest, and I view him as a pillar of the community.

Thanks Chief for being an upright guy!

As tempting as it is, I shall refrain from saying anything about the paranoid schizophrenic that we have put in a County Commissioners seat. I didn’t vote for him because I knew he wasn’t the right guy after one conversation with him, but I’m reaping the angst.

2015 years 8 months ago

“I know this is below your pay grade….”

Really? This makes Berger sound like he either has a god complex or like he’s a complete a$$hole. Actually, it makes him sound like both. Berger needs to go get some professional help. He’s a sick man. He’s going to hurt someone someday.