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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A judge says New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger must stay away from his ex-girlfriend. Heather Blaylock filed a protective order after multiple incidents including a barrage of text messages and an argument outside the mall.

Although we were not allowed in the courtroom, Berger did talk to reporters after the hearing saying he is the victim, not Blaylock.

“It’s just unfortunate for me that my rights are being taken away while the one person who has hit children and hit me should somehow be granted this, I guess you can say, a huge victory,” Berger said.


Berger sprinted past reporters on his way to court Friday morning for the hearing.

“People will perceive that I did something wrong, whereas she’s the innocent victim when it’s actually the other way around.”

After hearing from both sides, Judge Sandra Ray Criner made the decision to extend that protective order against him based largely on the content of the more than 140 text messages Berger sent Blaylock on August 29. That’s the night police say he tried to kill himself.

Four days later Berger and Blaylock met at the mall to discuss their issues. Blaylock says as she tried to leave, Berger got upset leading to another call to police.

Berger says after that incident he stopped talking to Blaylock.

“I wasn’t contacting her beforehand, so there was no reason to take out the protective order other than to publicly humiliate me, embarrass me and harm me more than she’s already done,” Berger said.

In the middle of all of this controversy, New Hanover County Commissioners asked Berger to resign. He has since said he will not resign and that he is ready to move on in his life and get back to work.

“I’m going to continue to do the exact same things I’ve been doing, with some exceptions, and I’m going to do my job and live life,” Berger said.

We tried to talk with Blaylock after the hearing, but she has not called us back.


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  • Guest456

    Before this story thankfully passes away I feel I need to share some information. I really don’t think Mr. Berger is the insane person his plotting peer commissioners try to portray him as…he is someone who raised heather Blaylock’s two boys. The conduct of Thompson, Catlin, Davis and Barfield on the townhall video is disgusting. It made me angry and sad to see the pathetic fake tweets and desperation from the good old boys. I have known this girl personally for years and followed this story a bit only because of that knowkedge. She said they called him “daddy” and wanted him to be there dad, but Mr. Berger wasnt comfortable with that out of respect for the MIA Richard Blaylock. He is close to heathers sister, closer than heather, and she loves to post on here under different names.
    Berger’s actions were not the actions of a rational person, but would you be rational if you just found out your fiance or SO was having an secret affair? And once the veil of lies was drawn back, Heather Blaylock the talented liar and abusive woman who was selfish at UNCW and nothing changes, hurt her young boys to hurt Berger more than mere cheating by refusing to allow Berger to see the boys he helped raise and their first true father figure. Berger, and I saw this myself, was GREAT with those children. They loved him. He clearly loved and protected them. The email exchange with Bob Townshend is very revealing. I don’t blame berger for not talking about heather’s affair, her violent episodes, and her cruelty and indifference, it’s little wonder Berger flipped. He still seems to be protecting her for some reason. It’s disgraceful that the other new hanover county commissioners, no doubt perfect and faithful to their wives(!), would exploit someone who has been through what Berger has…the Catherine Jones (Heather Blaylocks real name…this woman has like ten names…one for each personality) cheating cycle. This woman has no sense of herself or right and wrong, no conscience, and Mr.Berger got burned bad. I’m not defending his odd, disturbing wrist ploy, but if your husband or wife had an affair and took your kids (though these are not bergers) and didn’t apologize for cheating or recognize that cheating is wrong and hurtful, it can get people killed!!!, youd react strangely too. Probably more violently than Berger who committed no crimes save poor judgement in getting engaged to a very disturbed young woman with a history of allegations of child abuse and lying to authorities. Catherine/Heather Jones/Blalock is an actress who plays the victim role well, almost to perfection, but she is very sick and has no place in a job around children. I knew “Heather” back in the day she used to say her husband Richard was gay. (I have seen her in a classroom too…she is too violent and eratic to teach kids and NHCS or her employer is asking for a lawsuit, she her is putting a ticking timebomb in a room with children. That damsel in distress act hides a remorseless very disturbed woman. I have heard Mr. Berger say or read he tried to protect her and the children only to have her run to the media and police at every moment Berger was near after she scretly started sleeping with some random guy she probably met at a gas station or Walmart, and Berger eventually uncovered her skilled lying and probably was very hurt. Berger needs help, but he’ll be fine without this very sick woman in his life. He may not know it, but she did him a favor. Too bad the politicians and judges are exploiting this man’s pain for their own selfish reasons. Will they admit fault and apologize after heather/catherine blaylock hurts a child in a county school or preschool? It’s happened before…this woman has ten names and she is definetly pretty but very dangerous and remorseless.

  • Charles Walters

    What a wackjob looser this fool is I am so glad I left Wilmington and New Hanover County.

  • Terps Rule

    Brian treated his former girlfriend the same way when they were together. She called the police on him a couple of times. She was finally smart enough to get out of the relationship. Brian still continues to email and text her that he loves her. Just last week so I don’t know how much work he is doing for the county. The guy has serious control and dominance issues.

  • Peyton Garrett

    Just wondering. Brian Berger has a court date scheduled for tomorrow the 20th for a speeding infraction, I suppose he received trying not to be late again to a commission meeting. But more interesting is the court date for Jan. 12th of 2012 for simple assault and damage to personal property. Were these charges not dismissed or were they held open until January for some kind of compliance issue? Just wondering.

  • Guest20

    Doesn’t everyone try to look more stable, presentable, grown up, and reliable at a court hearing? Except Berger, I mean?

    I’ve been on jury duty several times, and most of those who come to court try to look their best.

  • Guest1977

    I have to say Berger is a bit quirky and needs help but Heather also needs help. I think she plays both sides against the middle. If Brian is so bad and she is so scared of him why does she still have him as a friend on her facebook. I think that it sends him mixed messages. They both need to grow up.

  • Guest GOOGLE Bricks

    Wonder if the coourt could give a protective order to NHC residents too, if he is crazy enough to have one with his ex-just think how crazy he will be when he has left office..wonder whho and what he will harrase in the county next….I think protective orders are serious and I don’t think the judge just gave it because she wanted to. Dude…get out of office and get gone..

  • Guest20

    How much more delusional can this man get? Now he’s blaming the girlfriend for his texts.

    Why would he fight the protective order unless he wants to continue to have contact with her? This order keeps him away from her, and he doesn’t want that. He wants to be able to continue to have contact and harrass her. Isn’t it funny how Berger is ALWAYS right and everyone else is wrong (at least according to Berger who now blames Heather for everything).

    “I’m going to continue to do the exact same things I’ve been doing, with some exceptions, and I’m going to do my job and live life,” Berger said.

    What exceptions Berger? Carving your arms like a Thanksgiving turkey, sending threats of suicide, destroying personal property like car door handles?

    You’re a sick man who is completely delusional. Get some help before things get even worse because mental illness won’t go away on its own.

  • Guest917

    The photo of Heather on this page is a totally contrived look on her part; obviously her court room look. I have to laugh.

  • John

    I can’t believe how much Berger’s nose has grown over the past few weeks. Also, Is he sucking up our helium reserves or what ? This guy was on my do not bother with list at the get go’ but know I am not into him anymore .

  • Someone

    I just watched the video on tv and I have a problem with Ms Blaylock smiling and loving the camera. No matter what is going on this should be a sad time not a happy hamming it up for the camera time. Reading between the lines I see a major problem with her in this also. I just wonder if DSS has really looked into her and her children. Just saying.

  • Straight Shooter

    If you are not sure yet just how big an ABOMINATION Berger is, just click-on and watch the full interview. BERGER MUST GO!!!

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