CONSTANTLY UPDATING: Berger on time for court; Follow the hearing via Twitter
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger made it on time for court this morning. He’s charged with violating a protection order taken aout against him by his former girlfriend, Heather Blaylock. Last year, he showed up at a Head Start meeting claiming he didn’t know that was the same location Blaylock teaches at. The hearing was originally scheduled for last Friday, but Berger didn’t show up and was later arrested for “failure to appear.”
Judge Holt would not allow cameras in the courtroom but Katie is Tweeting updates. We’ll be updating this story as she sends updates or you can follow us at www.Twitter.com/WWAY.
Berger’s mental evaluation completed ; deemed competent to stand trail. Results not public.
Berger entered a not guilty plea. Heather Blaylock first witness. Says Berger knew she worked at HeadStart
Thom Goolsby (Berger’s attorney) says address listed on public forum notice lists wrong address for HeadStart building on N. 6th Street.
HeadStart Executive Director Cynthia Brown says she immediately questioned the appropriateness of Berger attending the meeting Nov. 21
Brown says Berger was not a representative for the county commission at the meeting.
Brown says Berger came to the meeting after the public hearing portion was completed.
Sgt. Curtis Barnhill with NHC Sheriff’s Office on the stand; says he spoke to Berger about attendance at meeting.
Barnhill says Berger said he assumed Blaylock wasn’t at meeting because of her kids.
Barnhill says he warned Berger he could have been arrested if Blaylock had been present; Berger said he was doing his job as commissioner
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