Berger served with protective order from ex-girlfriend, due in court next week

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Submitted: Fri, 09/09/2011 - 3:58am
Updated: Fri, 09/09/2011 - 2:22pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies served New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger with a protective order a short time after his Thursday evening news conference in which Berger refused the request from his fellow commissioners to resign.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says the 10-day protective order was filed by Berger’s ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock.

Brewer says Berger and Blaylock must appear in court September 16 to tell their sides of the story to a judge. At that point the judge would decide whether to extend the order for one year or immediately dismiss it.

During his news conference, Berger said he has no history of violence and that violence is “not my style.” Berger said he was insulted by comments made by County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield about concerns about safety from Berger.

Wilmington Police officers said they explained the protective order process to Blaylock Friday night after they responded to her home after a third party called 911 to report an altercation between Blaylock and Berger. The couple had reportedly met at Independence Mall to discuss their issues when Berger reportedly became upset. Blaylock let Berger follow her home, where officers met them. At the time, Blaylock declined to file a protective order and Berger was not charged with any crime.

That incident came just four nights after another incident that put the relationship between Berger and Blaylock back into the spotlight. Blaylock called 911 late on August 29 to report Berger may try to hurt himself at his home. Blaylock reportedly received numerous text messages and calls from Berger that evening in which he appeared to threaten to kill himself. Police released a photo Blaylock said Berger sent to her phone that allegedly shows his arm cut and bleeding. Police also seized a rifle and ammunition from Berger’s home. As of late Thursday afternoon, Berger had not yet gone to the police department to get the rifle back, according to a police spokeswoman.

Wilmington Police also arrested Berger in June after another incident between him and Blaylock. Berger was charged with assault on a female after Blaylock said she felt unsafe and accused Berger of ripping a door handle off her car as she tried to drive away from his home. Blaylock later said the incident was blown out of proportion, and the District Attorney’s Office eventually dropped the charges.

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4 Comments on "Berger served with protective order from ex-girlfriend, due in court next week"

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 8 months ago

And the beat goes on. Who will Mr. Berger blame this on. Too bad they did not serve him during His “Press Conference”. We could of had film at eleven. Now I feel cheated. While I know the poll on wway’s web sight may not be the Gallop pole it is probably within 5% accuracy. With 80% of the public thinking You should resign and only 10% thinking You should stay, Maybe You should start carrying a gun. You don’t have many friends right now Mr. Berger. And the beat goes on.

2015 years 8 months ago

Brian Burger is in complete denial about the polls, his “girlfriend”, his mental health, and his “future” in polictics. Anyone who watched the video of his press conference can see the man is a loose cannon waiting to go off. He doesn’t even look normal anymore. He has serious mental issues that make him incapable of performing his duties.

Wade griffis
2015 years 8 months ago

The way Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce handles problem people is to buy them a bus ticket to Wilmington. They then say, goodby, good luck and do not come back.

I believe turn about is fair play. Brian could benifit from chilling out on the beach. He is obviously not getting better from whatever counsling he is getting.

Counselers will never admit this- but once in counciling- you are there forever. They like the money.

2015 years 8 months ago

Brian says that it is “not his style”. Lie. Check former police reports. He has been threatening and abusive to a former girlfriend. I hope the judge has that information before making a ruling.