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Archive for August, 2011

Berger sent text photos of self-inflicted cuts to ex-girlfriend

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger sent text photos of self-inflicted cuts and messages that he wanted to hurt himself to an estranged girlfriend Monday night, according to a police report.

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Brian Berger says he did not try to kill himself

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

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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TV movie begins filming locally next month

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The Wilmington region has announced its 12th production for 2011. “A Smile as Big as the Moon,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, begins filming in the area on Sept. 28. It will air on ABC in 2012.

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Prosecution details events of stabbing death

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Prosecutors painted a grim picture of the night in 2009 when a Southport woman was stabbed and killed in her home as the trial of her accused murderer began Wednesday.

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FIRST ON 3: Blaylock tells 911 Berger threatened to hurt himself and has cut himself before

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The 911 recording of Heather Blaylock calling about Brian Berger’s suicide attempt was emailed to us this afternoon. we’re listening to it now, but she tells the 911 operator that Berger texted her that he was going to hurt himself, that he sent her a picture of a cut, that he has two guns in his study and that he has anger management issues.

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