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County Commissioner Brian Berger arrested, shares his side of the story

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Brian Berger just can't seem to stay out of trouble. The New Hanover County commissioner was once again in court, this time for violating a domestic violence order requested by ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock.

Berger attended a Community Action Incorporated board meeting Monday, held at their office on 507 North 6th Street, the same building where Blaylock works. Berger’s protection order specifically forbids him from going to Blaylock's place of work.

"I had no idea that the building was where she worked," said Berger. "In fact, I haven't spoken to her in so long and really don't particularly care about where she works or how she chooses to spend her time."

Berger turned himself in to Sheriff's Deputies Wednesday.

“I'm not going to apologize for doing my job, fighting corruption and fighting for transparency, which is what I was attempting to do,” said Berger as he left the courtroom. “This is the result of trying to do the right thing.”

Blaylock did not want to go on camera, but did say Berger's constant harassment has gone too far. Since she requested the protective order, it seems Berger has retaliated by trying to take her to small claims court multiple times, which also requires her to be in court with Berger.

From $9 for a classroom plant, to $120 for a cockroach infestation which he claims Blaylock caused, to five DVD’s at $20 each, to $2,400 in rent, Berger wanted it all back. However, one claim was dismissed because Berger showed up late to court.

Blaylock says it was a waste of her time and just one more way for Berger to harass her. Her lawyer had filed for contempt, but she dismissed the claim last Friday.

Berger hopes this situation does not cause the other New Hanover County Commissioners to once again push for his resignation.

"Any board member that seeks to call for my resignation or gain politically from any false allegations against me or any tragedy in my life as appears to be the case, I think that speaks volumes to their lack of character," Berger said.

Berger also says that because of Blaylock's mental health issues, this story is far from over.

"I think this is just the beginning of what will be a story that drags unfortunately," said Berger.

Berger was issued a $1,000 unsecured bond and his next court date is scheduled for early January.

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Below is the comments WWAY

Below is the comments WWAY posted from Mr. Bergers FACEBOOK page...this alone speaks VOLUMES of Mr. Bergers MOCKERY of the New Hanover County Judicial System and the TAX PAYERS he as a County Commissioner represents....He wrote this as if he was spending or has spent Thanksgiving in Jail....which didn't happen. So I have to question a few on his comments...

#9....what "friends" does he have that considering his antics would be willing to "bake a shank into a cake" for him? Does he plan to do harm to other inmates if he is incarcerated, as a "shank" would suggest such?

#7 and #8 ....Is Mr. Berger suggesting that he would like to be romantically involved with another inmate if he is incarcerated??

#6....are we as COUNTY TAX PAYERS not "law abiding" enough for Mr. Berger... does he suggest that inmates are more "law abiding" than the TAX PAYERS that support his salary as a commissioner?

#5.... is Mr. Berger indicating that he is aware of a JUDGE in New Hanover County that is NOT law abiding??

#3... the inmates of New Hanover County Detention Center do NOT wash their clothing or linens in the "toilets" there are machines that provide that service and the inmates do NOT pay using quarters.

#2..... based on Mr. Bergers comment about Ms. Blaylocks state of mind that he is apparently giving reference to Ms. Blaylock, as he has continued to sue her through Civil courts with specifics suggested in both his WWAY reply to his arrest, and this post.

And his closing statement is directed specifically at NEW HANOVER County "Head Start" leaders.

This is a terrible situation at best....but it is time for Mr. Berger to be OUT!! HE NEEDS TO GO! It has NOTHING to do with as he put it" the difficulties he is struggling with in his personal life" but rather HIS ACTIONS OF HIS DAILY LIFE.

Mr. Berger VIOLATED a COURT ORDER! ARREST his ass and put him in JAIL....not allowing him to bond out! What Magistrate allowed that to happen? REVOKE HIS BOND!!! He has done nothing but flaunt his disregard for New Hanover County. Like Barney Fife said: "NIP IT IN THE BUD".

Our present County Commissioners need to step up to the plate....don't forget elections are gonna be around again and when they do we as TAXPAYERS AND LAW ABIDING CITIZENS will be remembering the antics you all allowed Mr. Berger to subjet OUR County to! Will we be voting for you?

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger posted this on his Facebook page today:

Top Ten Things About Spending Thanksgiving in Jail

10. Boiled turkey and stuffing made from last Tuesday’s left over grits and Wednesday’s “meat surprise” (with raisons, or things that look like fresh raisons)

9. Be thankful for having friends willing to bake a shank into a cake for me!
...
8. Write a book on how to pick-up your cellmate, aptly titled “21 Ways to Pick-Up your Cellmate”

7. Smuggle contraband candles for those romantic evenings at home in your cell with your cellmate.

6. Enjoy Being Surrounded By More Law Abiding Citizens than my current peers!

5. Watch a judge and her “best friends” get rich off a baseball stadium, convention center, bridge to that magical rainbow in the sky: “Ah, $50 million, $60 million, just sign the change order. Heck, its not your money. Or mine. The Taxpayers won’t even notice. Suckers"

4. Not miss the news with its fictitious stories tailored to the angle of a reporter who would rather be in a major market where stories about corruption and real crime dramas play out daily, instead of having to cover-up real corruption, try to keep up the writers of “The Wire”

3. Stainless steel toilets with no seats are great for doing laundry. No quarters needed!

2. Say hello to the corrupt non-profit executive who swindled the government, a mentally-ill mom who let her kids eat cockroaches like cheerios, drives over people in her car, but she does have a nice %^&#@@.

1. Always arrive fashionably late, making sure to correctly greet all those former judges, “event planners,” scheming local officials and they swear, that money they borrowed, they’re gonna pay you back. Really. This Time. They mean it.

And the number 0.5 Reason Thanksgiving in Jail isn’t so bad:

Finally, a moment (60 days X 24 hours X 60 seconds = one moment) to be thankful for YOU, for what’s left of American Liberty, for all those who fought and sacrificed to preserve and defend it, and for those that still do! Happy Thanksgiving from Cell B45325!!!

Top Ten Things About Spending Thanksgiving in Jail (knowing I’m there for caring about the disadvantaged, not robbing them to pay for that 14-day Cruise this winter like the leaders of “Head Start” in New Hanover County and teachers will rap sheets longer than Eminem’s) God Bless!

You quoted Barney Fife?

Wow, I think you negated your point when you quoted Barney Fife...

Berger

Did anyone see the video of him on channel 14? They zoomed in on his name tag and his suit coat was filthy. Had spots all over it and dirt. Weird. I cant listen to his interview it literally hurts my ears.

dangerous

I personally think Berger is an unbalanced, dangerous, underhanded man who will stop at nothing to get to Blaylock. He violated a restraining order. . why isn't he in jail? What good is the order if he just runs up to the judge and heads back out the door? This is the typical behavior of a man who isn't going to quit. I think Blaylock should move or at least go the whole nine yards to get him booked into a cell. She best be careful. He is a loaded gun looking for somewhere to shoot. You could see the anger and defiance in him when he was interviewed by the media and said he did nothing wrong. There is some serious trouble brewing in his mind.

Kermit the Frog

Are they related?

Brian Berger is apparently

Brian Berger is apparently oblivious to the negative impact his childish bevavior has on the image of New Hanover County. His legal,professional and personal issues need not be our problem.
If he wants to demonstrate good faith to the people of New Hanover County he should resign his position immediately.

not childish

His behavior is not childish. It's criminal, unbalanced and dangerous.

Old Chinese Proverb

A rat who gnaws at a cat's tail invites destruction.

The Berger File:

He actually went a little longer than I thought He would. This man is becoming a boil on the a** of the county. One thing after another. If this man does not understand what a protective order is all about please try something frivolous with this judge and see what He gets. If he does or did not understand what this order meant, Ask Thom Goolsby. One bad decision after another. I have attended some of his other committee meetings and He is lost, rarely speaks up, asks questions or contributes in any way. Like I said. Play around with this Judge and see where it gets You Mr. Berger. You are not an asset, a liability.

It was a matter of time

It was a matter of time before this happened. Clearly, Mr. Berger is not capable of representing this County. There must be a mechanism for removal of an elected official who is as compromised as this guy is. I hereby challenge the existing Commissioners, their lawyers, the City manager, our legislators...if you say there is no mechanism in place, then MAKE one. Representatives Hamilton, Justice, Senator Goolsby...draft a bill, do something! This is what happens when people don't research their choices..I think the results of our last municipal election show that the voters are waking up; let's hope so.

Oh No, Not Again!

OMG, how sick I am of this lunatic! He makes one bad decision after another and then tries to justify it by lying or blaming someone else.

He’s about as useless as rubber lips on a woodpecker.

Guest 20....

Guest 20 you slay me....that is so funny. I've never heard that expression before....rubber lips on a woodpecker...teehee. Hilarious and quite appropriate. Good one Guest 20!

Thanks!

What can I say? Berger brings out the beast...uh....best in me!

Berger

A tea-bagging fruitcake like so many others.

So were all tea bag fruit nuts

Because the govt is spending out its posterior orifice way beyond acceptable under any circumstances. We the people are also sick and tired of having Obama and the rest of the left wing using the Consitution as toilet paper they use to wipe themselves with. The fact is he complains about lack of jobs when he has destroyed more jobs then any in history. Hes tried to destroy the nat gas and oil industry. Just last week he basically pooped on a plan to get more oil from Canada instead of unstable regimes like the middle east. Meanwhile he throws billions at companies like Solyndra who flush our tax money down a hole. Sorry but the truth hurts and Obama and his policies are doing nothing but hurting this country period!!

The Berger File:

I see Big Ben McCoy did his three part expose' on facebook in the Star News article. Mr. McCoy is a Power Freak who loves to use BIG Words and tries to talk down to the average Man. Brian Berger is His Butt Boy. He wanted Brian to be HIS mouth piece for an agenda He Himself can not get elected to. The More I look at the eyes of Brian Berger the more I see a sociopath. A nut job. He is at least six Bricks shy of a load, Mr. McCoy, Just wondering, How much allowance do You give Your wife a week? Have You ever owned anything? Just Wondering.

Know your facts...

Heh... I like how the legal issues of a mentally troubled Republican county commissioner lead in to a rant about "Obama and the rest of the left wing". Know your facts before you say anything, lest you simply make yourself look like an idiot (not that you are one or that I am in any way implying that you are). Over the past year, there's been a net growth of 1.7 million jobs in the private sector. Even if the loss of jobs in the public sector are taken into account, there's still a net overall gain of 1.3 million jobs. Do your research and know your facts before you run your mouth and just propagate the stereotype of a loud-mouthed ignorant right-wing nutjob (not that you in any way are that).

Maybe if Brian Berger had done his homework, he'd have had less time to bother that poor woman and wouldn't be finding himself in the predicament he's in at the moment. I sincerely feel bad for the guy. I mean, to be that senseless about what you're doing... and to do it as a public official no less! In true Southern fashion, I think all I can really say is... bless his heart.

Reason for Obamas involvement

the one individual once again brought in the tea party people and as a whole called tea party supporters teabaggers. At that point he opened up Pandoras box by bringing up the tea party as nutjobs. Oh yeah the tea party are nut jobs. At least we're not out camping in filth, raping and stealing from others, committing and making overtly nazi like anti-semitic comments. Yeah The tea party are the nut jobs. The only thing missing on the OWS types is the brown shirts and the swastika. (Try and deny it but the police reports are clear and the anti-semitism is clear from the OWS) you definitely dont hear anybody who is supposedly a 'tea bagger' as you love to refer to some as being racist or anythign other then sick and tired of what BHO has done and the 1.3 million 'created' jobs number is a cooked statistic and a lie propogated by the DOL (I worked 2 yrs as a fed contractor I know what kinda cooked crap they put out). Businesses have even gone as far as to make it very clear as long as Obama is in the WH they arent hiring they cant afford to because of the onerous regulations spurred primarily by Obamacare among other policies. You left wingers sit and defend Obama and he supports OWS but yet is GE not a big corporate entity who oh btw thanks to Obama and his underhanded cronyism allowed GE not to pay a dime in taxes last year. Obama is a hypocrit. He and the deranged ex-speaker Pelosi talk up OWS and their message yet who the hell are they goign to for donations these same "big bad evil corporations" OH and BTW it wasnt Bush and Company that had crap to do with the housing crisis it was Barney Frank and a few others who despite being told in testimony repeatedly something had to be done with Fannie and Freddie they ignored it because of their kickbacks.

As for Berger he was at the meeting with a NHC Sheriff Deputy as an escort to the mtg. I would suggest the whole violation issue will be tossed out. Id dare say if there was a legal issue why would the NHCSO provide a deputy because by doing so the SO was then complicite in the violation or the NHCSO deputy never should have allowed him into the facility or informed him that his presence would constitute a violation as the deputy had to notify dispatch of his location and that he was with Mr Berger. This protection violation is bogus. Not sayign Berger is stable or that he's not making an idiot of himself over the small claims court actions. Quite frankly from what I know of his supposed EX the 2 deserve each other they are both a pair of co-dependant individuals in need of pyschiatric help ultimately

Obama???

umm . . . weren't these posts about Berger??? How in the name of common sense did Obama get into this conversation???

Amen!

Amen! I'm sick of all of them. Always twisting everything back to Obama. I'm no fan of his, but for Pete's sake, this article is about Berger. At least stay on topic!

RIGHT ON. HOW IN THE WORLD

RIGHT ON. HOW IN THE WORLD DOES OBAMA FIT INTO THIS STORY?

Snide "teabagger" crack

...was made, and that opened the floodgates, rightfully so!

Try to keep up.

stay focused

Try to stay focused on the topic of conversation.

THIS is about Brian Berger

It is not about Tea Baggers or sit ins for Mothers against something.

This is about a man who is totally out of control. It is not up to me to diagnose him.

However, I would be happy to donate $10 of my Social security money toward a Greyhound ticket to Myrtle Beach. Need about three more donations to get him down there.

How about it. The four of us could stand and wave goodby.

Myrtle Beach chamber of commerce sends their crazys up here. Turn about is fair play.