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County Commissioner Brian Berger arrested for violating protective order

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Brian Berger just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The New Hanover County commissioner was once again in court, this time for violating a domestic violence order requested by ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock.

Berger attended a Community Action Incorporated board meeting Monday, held at their office on 507 North 6th Street, the same building where Blaylock works. Berger’s protection order specifically forbids him from going to Blaylock’s place of work.

Berger claims he did nothing wrong.

“I’m not going to apologize for doing my job, fighting corruption and fighting for transparency, which is what I was attempting to do,” said Berger as he left the courtroom. “This is the result of trying to do the right thing.”

Blaylock did not want to go on camera, but did say Berger’s constant harassment has gone too far. Since she requested the protective order, it seems Berger has retaliated by trying to take her to small claims court multiple times, which also required her to go to court.

From $9 for a classroom plant, to $120 for a cockroach infestation which he claims Blaylock caused, to five DVD’s at $20 each, to $2,400 in rent, Berger wanted it all back. However, because Berger showed up late to court for one claim, the judge dismissed it.

Blaylock says it was a waste of her time and just one more way for Berger to harass her. Her lawyer had filed for contempt, but she dismissed the claim last Friday.

Berger was issued a $1,000 unsecured bond and his next court date is scheduled for early January.

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