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ONLY ON 3: Commissioner Berger has history of domestic issues


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- According to documents obtained by WWAY, New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has had at least four domestic issues at his home involving two girlfriends and the police.

The latest was Thursday evening, when current girlfriend Heather Blaylock called police and asked for an escort to his house so she could pick up her belongings left out on the curb. She told a dispatcher she didn't feel safe going to Berger's house alone. At some point in the evening while she tried to leave, Berger tried to open the car door. She says she had locked the door, so when he tried to force it open, he ripped the handle off the car. She says he threw it at her, and for a second it looked like it would hit the windshield, but it ended up just hitting the side of the car.

Six months ago, Berger told us police had shown up at his house twice for issues between him and Blaylock. He had proposed to Blaylock and she moved in with him. But in the meantime he learned that her divorce wasn't official. That issue was causing a custody fight between Blaylock and her husband at the time.

We also obtained text messages sent from Blaylock's phone to family members in Charlotte that show she didn't feel safe living with Berger. Responding to a suggestion that she move out soon, she writes, "I can do that but not until I move out and if I call the cops while I am still here it could be dangerous for me and the boys."

Fifteen minutes later she texts, "He is watching every move I make right now. Am scared to even put my phone down cause he will read the texts. Won't let me call anyone."

Berger also had issues with a former girlfriend, with whom he still co-owns his house. In October, 2008, she called police claiming Berger had tied strings to the doorknob of the house and to the garage, and she was scared to go in. She said she was very upset that she couldn't go in and said she was afraid that the string was attached to some kind of booby trap attached to her car and the garage door. An officer eventually met her at the house and took her to an area hotel.

Berger Domestic History

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