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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Brian Berger has made few appearances at meetings of the New Hanover County Commission the last six months. His attendance in New Hanover County Court, though, has been far more regular.

Berger made appeared by video feed from the New Hanover County Jail this afternoon to face a probation violation after he was arrested earlier this week in the mountains.

A judge decided to keep Berger’s bond at $300,000. He is due back in court June 24 to determine if he violated his probation. If he did, he faces at least 120 days in jail.

A violation report filed Monday says Berger had not been heard from since May 21 and could not be found at his last known address at the Jameson Inn in Wilmington. It also said he has not completed the required 48 hours of community service and that he refused to take drug test last month after admitted he had used marijuana. The report also said Berger was charged in Johnston County in March for driving on a suspended license.

New Hanover County Commission Chair Woody White said he hopes Berger gets the help he needs.

“The citizens are under served when there’s 4 people on a 5 person board. The deliberative process is frustrated. And that is just the way it is and you know we are doing the very best we can under very difficult circumstances,” said White.

Beech Mountain Police found Berger in a home belonging to Justin LaNasa Monday after a neighbor reported gunshots in the area. They later found Berger was wanted for the probation violation and went back to arrest him. They found him surrounded by several weapons, which LaNasa says had been locked up and that Berger did not have access to.

Even if a judge determines Berger violated his probation under a plea deal for a DWI and drug possession charge, Berger can still remain a New Hanover County Commissioner. That could change, though, if LaNasa decides to press charges for Berger breaking into his gun collection. If convicted of a felony, Berger would lose his seat on the commission.

Commission members reiterated their request for Berger to resign.

“I think that request has been ongoing since the problems manifested themselves so extremely last year but our primary concern was and always has been the safety of our staff and those concerns have abated,” said White.

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8 Comments on "Berger makes court appearance on probation violation"

2015 years 10 months ago

Do you ask yourself a lot of questions on public forums? Yep.

2015 years 10 months ago

Do I think I’m Woody? Really? Have I spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a wasted amotion process? Last time I checked, I hadn’t, so I’m guessing I’m not Woody.

Do I think it’s a great idea to kill two birds with one stone? Do I think it’s a great idea to get Berger off the street before he harms someone, maybe with a weapon, AND get him off the NHC Commission at the same time? Yep.

Do I think it would be great if there was a way to make Berger go away even six months earlier if it cost the taxpayers essentially nothing? Yep.

Do I think LaNasa’s in a position to possibly do that? Yep.

Do I think that Berger’s last incident, including guns, indicates additional help would be just fine? Yep.

Do I feel that voicing my personal opinion on this is wrong? Nope.

Woody White me all you want but leave my man Ward Cleaver out of this. He’s the epitome of everything that was superficially right in this country. Do not force me to sic the Beaver on you!


2015 years 10 months ago

Nice response. And boy could this country use a few Ward Cleavers.

2015 years 10 months ago

stay out of this. Let the judicial system handle this.

He’s in jail through June 24, unless someone posts his bond. He’ll have a roof over his head, 3 squares a day, and any medications will be prescribed by a physician and administered under supervision.

The Judge is likely doing him a favor.

Now stay out of it.

2015 years 10 months ago

“Berger can still remain a New Hanover County Commissioner. That could change, though, if LaNasa decides to press charges for Berger breaking into his gun collection. If convicted of a felony, Berger would lose his seat on the commission.”

Mr. LaNasa: You know that Berger broke into your gun collection. You know that it was wrong for him to do so and that you should press charges. You know that Berger is a danger to himself and possibly others and that the danger will continue to escalate, especially now that guns are involved. You also know how terribly wrong it is for Berger to continue to be a NHC Commissioner. You know that a felony charge could end this debacle once and for all. Now is the time to prove your not just a lot of talk. There’s only two actions available to you; either do right or do wrong. Whether you like it or not, the ball is in your court and we’re all watching. Now is your moment. Choose wisely.

Heimie Schmelter
2015 years 10 months ago

The Berger “debacle” will end itself very easily in December of this year, same thing we tried to tell the all brilliant “Wood” several months and hundreds of thousands of dollars ago. No help needed, never was. Just leave it alone and let nature take its course Ward Cleaver, it’s all progressing rather well without your influence.

Charlie Davis
2015 years 10 months ago

Just another example of what a joke our court system is. DA states that 2/3 of people violate terms of probation. What good is it????? A waste of time and money. They wonder why there is so many repeat offenders. People know they can do what ever they want and nothing is going to happen to them. If system was hard enough that people didn’t ever want to go back wonder how much crime would go down. Eye for and eye.

Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 10 months ago

When does the “Whiteberg” TV reality show aire on TV?
It can come on next to “Swamp Bastards” at 4 in the morning on Tuesdays.


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