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Archive for August, 2011

East Carolina University to reopen after Irene

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

East Carolina University is reopening Wednesday after work crews spent two days cleaning up the damage left by Hurricane Irene.

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StarNews Weekly News Quiz – Aug. 31 (Hurricane Irene edition)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Test your knowledge of the news of the past week in the StarNews weekly news quiz.

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Commissioner Berger denies suicide attempt

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger denied Tuesday that he attempted suicide despite police reports that show he injured himself with a razor.

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School board may OK quick NC charter schools jump

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina is setting up a fast-track
system to allow new charter schools to open in time for classrooms
to open a year from now.

The state Board of Education meets Wednesday and Thursday to
consider several changes to school policies, including allowing
charter schools already screened once to open more quickly than
usual.

A committee on Wednesday and the full school board on Thursday
are expected to approve allowing fast-track charter school
applications in some cases. The new policy would apply to charter
applicants that were interviewed by the State Board of Education
earlier this year but couldn’t get approval because of a statewide
limit of 100 of the alternative public schools. That limit was
removed in June.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Brian Berger says he did not try and 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.

Police and EMS responded to Berger’s home. An Event Report shows the New Hanover County 911 Center received a call from a female 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 Brian Berger’s home but he did not answer the door. Berger did do an interview with a local radio station where he said that he did not try and kill himself that his girlfriend, Heather Blaylock, has issues. He also claims that police lied on the Incident Report, making that the second time he has accused the department of lying.

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