FIRST ON 3: Judge extends protective order against Berger
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A judge has extended a protective order against New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger. Judge Sandra Ray Criner made the decision just before noon Friday after a hearing involving Berger and his ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock.
Blaylock filed for the order after two recent incidents involving the couple. On August 29 Blaylock called 911 after Berger sent her what she said was more than 140 text messages, including many threatening to harm himself. Wilmington Police went to Berger’s home, and the commissioner eventually agreed to go to the hospital to be checked after cutting his arm.
Four nights later the couple met to discuss their issues. Blaylock says as she tried to leave the meeting at the mall, Berger became upset. Police met her at her home, where they explained the protective order process. Blaylock filed the order request the following week, and deputies served Berger with it following a news conference September 8, in which he apologized to constituents for his private life turning public and also blamed fellow commissioners for the distraction.
We will have much more on this story tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5 p.m.
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