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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY has learned from sources close to Brian Berger that the New Hanover County Commissioner tried to kill himself at his home last night. Berger says the allegations are untrue.

Police and EMS responded to Berger’s home. An Event Report shows the New Hanover County 911 Center received a call from a female, who Berger has identified as his girlfriend Heather Blaylock, at 11:16 p.m. for a medical call at Berger’s home. The notes show that the patient was a 34-year-old male who was conscious and breathing.

The report goes on to say that the “caller does not want to get involved,” and that “she adv subj does have guns in the residence and and possibly knife or whatever.”

Wilmington Police say they were called around 11:30 p.m. to assist EMS. An incident report says Berger had a minor injury. It listed a razor as the weapon. It also said officers seized a gun and ammunition from the home and that alcohol/drugs were involved.

The Event Notes from 911 also say that the call “was advd to save what info she has…that LEO may need what she has on her cellphone as evidence.”

When police arrived at Berger’s home, they were initially unable to make contact with anyone at the house and noted that an upstairs light was no longer on. Eventually the responders said everything was 10-4 and that the patient would meet them at the backdoor, which, according to the notes, happened a few minutes later.

The notes say a police officer then told dispatch that the officer was “10-17 WPD to submit evidence.” 10-17 is the law enforcement radio code for “en route.”

A police spokeswoman says she believes Berger was taken to the hospital. A New Hanover Regional Medical Center spokeswoman says she had no record of Berger in the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

New Hanover County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield told WWAY Tuesday afternoon he had no comment and that he hasn’t talked to Berger.

Commissioner Jason Thompson also said no comment. When asked if he’d heard about what happened, Thompson said, “I don’t want to talk about it.”

County Commissioner Rick Catlin says doesn’t know anything about it. Catlin said, “I hope Brian is OK.”

County Commissioner Ted Davis says he didn’t know anything about the incident, but he hopes “that’s not the case.”

WWAY went to Berger’s home Tuesday evening, but he did not answer the door. Berger did do an interview with a Wilmington radio station, where he said that he did not try to kill himself and that Blaylock “has issues.” He also claims that Wilmington Police lied on the incident report, making that the second time he has accused the department of lying.


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  • Guest

    Her ex-husband has shared custody. He did not abandon the children, he just manages to keep himself out of the public eye. And the boys are not special needs. A little hyper, sure. But what children under the age of 6 aren’t.

  • Guest

    Clearly he did not try AND kill himself. He may have tried TO kill himself. Very different meanings.

  • Guest

    No joke, I wonder what he would have said if he had succeeded :o) It’s apparent this guy has a lot of things going on in his life rather it be personal or not. It’s also obvious that Berger is not able to fulfill his duties as a Commissioner “what a waste”.
    Seeing Berger in the news is like seeing that “Frog” fella and RC Soles, IT’s GETTING OLD….

  • Guest

    First of all, Dusty Rhodes wasn’t known for saying “whooo!!” that would be Ric Flair. Secondly, Dusty Rhodes wasn’t much for drop kicks either, you may be thinking of the Rock N Roll Express. Dusty was more likely to get you with that elbow. To Mr. Berger, I like your politics and I wish you all the best. With faith in God, good choices, and associating with positive people, you can turn this around.

  • Kimmie

    It is time for this guy to go!He has Too much drama in his life & does not need to represent our county!

  • Humbleb4him

    Mr. Berger is one of the nicest, sweetest, sincere and empathetic individuals I have met in years. We occupy opposite ends of the political spectrum, but his heart is in the right place. Not saying he’s Mother Theresa, but how many elected officials would date a single mom with two special needs children, and remain faithful to her for years, and anyone who has seen Berger with those boys and Heather/catherine know how devoted and loving this guy is…which unfortunately on the flip-side makes him prone to being manipulated by Heather and her own mental illness…which is nobody’s business but Berger is so protective of them he would go to jail or take a bullet for heather or her children.

    He’s selfless to fault, and many posters here confuse that with other things because they lack Mr. Berger’s capacity to understand and care about others more than he does himself. That’s part of the problem, maybe. He’s nice and his vulnerability and tea party labeling make him easy target. It won’t end the hatred of the few negative commentators but listen carefully and it becomes clear that Mr. Berger is facing up to the hate and not using them as a shield.

    I have met heather a.k.a. Catherine blaylock, jones, to(she has lots of aliases) and she is charming, attractive and sweet…but prone to anger & rage when it least expected…and most men would run. Fast. Is she a good mother, yes usually, but when she left the biological father who didn’t seem to mind (what kind of man abandons his own sons?), she’s lucky Social Services didn’t take her kids. Here entire life story is one big question mark, but before you judge imagine if you had no family in your life. Not a happy picture is it?

    Catherine will probably be just fine, but based on what I know from a clinical perspective, I would be worried all the time a little bit about her going off, snapping and safety of the students. The county, state, whoever she teaches is taking a big risk leaving ms. Blaylock unsupervised in a room of young children. She’s so young she can mature for sure.. She probably wouldn’t do anything, never intentionally, but anger/rage comes when least expected and more violent than the situation requires. Don’t pull your kids from her classroom give her a chance but stay involved, watch for signs of trouble, maybe ask the school to provide additional supervision for safety and liability reasons (just my advice). Better overkill than ignoring a problem that could erupt any day at any time – and unexpectedly.

    Maybe they should split up, that’s there business, but if you saw Berger with those children youd see a couple (Brian and Catherine or heather) that make great parents, and a side to Brian Berger he seems to hide and the media would never tell…it’d make Mr. Bergr look like the good person not typical politician but a devoted family man and faithful and kind. We need more like him, not less.

  • Lori M.

    Normally I like the reporting this station does, but anytime a news organization reports on a supposed attempted suicide and the person denies he/she tried to commit suicide, the news organization always comes out looking sleazy unless they have definite proof the person did indeed try to commit suicide. I don’t see that WWAY had such solid evidence. Unnamed sources close to the person reported on is not solid evidence.

  • guesty

    “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

  • GuestLee

    Don’t be embarrassed for Wilmington – he’s a COUNTY commissioner, so be embarrassed for the County, not the City.

  • Guest1984

    Naysayers and critics notwithstanding , he has done a good job. No money for an arts council, no baseball team at our expense, and he’s been willing to tackle special interests. You buck the system and have a former girl friend who is wacky–and this happans. Still, Brian you need to stay away from that girl and do your job–things will work out fine for you if you do.many of us have and will continue to support you.

  • Selos

    Please do not write my name in for county commissioner on the ballet. If they are all like Berger and Buddy Byrd then I do not want that job. Maybe being a State Senator would be a good gig. Or maybe not.

  • RSimmons

    Ben McCoy set Brian up and sold him to the tea party crazy train. Brian was elected to a job he is obviously not ready for and when he screws up Ben uses the publicity to promote his anti-media and government rhetoric while leaving Brian swinging in the wind.
    I met Brian once, he seems a decent fellow. I sincerely hope he gets the help he needs and finds peace with himself

  • Clowns scare me

    I’m embarrased for Wilmington to have this guy as an elected official. However I do get a little 3 second chuckle from all his antics but then I get embarrased for Wilmington again. He needs a good “WHOOO!!” Dusty Rhodes drop kick to the chest and I think we’d all be better off. Thanks.

  • He’s unfit and needs to resign.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …but not as whacky as HE.

    SHE’S not the one whittling on herself with a razor blade, is she?

  • Guest

    The only thing that Brian has done wrong here is buck the system and have a whack job for a girlfriend. WWAY took care of the rest.

  • Guest

    Better luck next time?

    Third time’s the charm

    If at first you don’t succeed…………………

    Do us all a huge favor, resign.

  • FleetGhhost

    There have been some very fine commissioners in Wilmington. What kind of people are getting elected to office these days? This man definitely needs to resign. He is not fit to govern the affairs of Wilmington.

  • Summer

    Is this really news? People try and are successful at suicide daily!

  • Guest234

    People who WANT to commit suicide, get it right the first go around…

    Here Mr. Pitty Party goes again seeking attention…

    BErger.. it’s time to step down.. Go take care of your “issues” so the professionals can finally do their job…

  • Guest1889

    You people who defend Brian act as enablers. If you think well of him, why don’t you talk him into getting some help. You would be doing him a great favor.

  • Beth

    Just when I thought WWAY couldn’t get any lower you splash this on the front page. Whatever happened to HIPPA? Whatever happened to human decency? You didn’t have to report this, but yet you chose to anyway. That says everything.

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