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County Commissioner Brian Berger arrested, shares his side of the story

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

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.

“I had no idea that the building was where she worked,” said Berger. “In fact, I haven’t spoken to her in so long and really don’t particularly care about where she works or how she chooses to spend her time.”

Berger turned himself in to Sheriff’s Deputies Wednesday.

“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 requires her to be in court with Berger.

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, one claim was dismissed because Berger showed up late to court.

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 hopes this situation does not cause the other New Hanover County Commissioners to once again push for his resignation.

“Any board member that seeks to call for my resignation or gain politically from any false allegations against me or any tragedy in my life as appears to be the case, I think that speaks volumes to their lack of character,” Berger said.

Berger also says that because of Blaylock’s mental health issues, this story is far from over.

“I think this is just the beginning of what will be a story that drags unfortunately,” said Berger.

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

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ONLY ON 3: World War II vet fighting for medal

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

WILMINGTON NC (WWAY) — He may be 92 years old but Morton Salk still gets choked up when he talks about why he enlisted in the military. “To pay back at least a part of the gratitude I have for what this country did for my parents.”

The son of Russian immigrants, Salk proudly entered the air force.
During World War II, he was there on the frontlines as a bombardier but it was by chance that he wound up on a mission to bomb an airfield in Hankow, China which was already taken over by the Japanese.

Salk was in one of seven planes that left that morning. The pilot of Salk’s plane was fatally wounded, the copilot had shrapnel in his face and he lost consciousness and couldn’t fly.
Nine people on a plane with no one in control.

Salk explains, “Someone had to fly it, so I got into the left seat and used those 2 hours of on the job training. The first thing was to keep it in the air, obviously, the second thing was find out where we were because during this firefight of 45 minutes we didn’t know where we were.”

After about 20 minutes though, the copilot recovered enough to take over and they landed safely,
Four of the other planes did not.

Over the years Morton Salk never thought much about what he did that day. Then, a year ago, while family was in town Salk relived that battle. “They said, my god, you oughta get Medal of Honor for that, I said I don’t know, I don’t think so. Anyhow, they took it seriously.”

Family members wrote letters to lawmakers and friends got involved but there’s a roadblock. “I said, oh, I don’t have any eyewitnesses but at some point logic must take over.”

There is no one alive to substantiate what he did, not surprising, since only a handful of people survived the mission, a mission that took place 68 years ago.

Senator Kay Hagan was notified of the effort to get Salk the Medal of Honor.
Monday Salk received a letter of commendation from her office it will go along with some of the other medals and accolades he received during his 27 years in the service.
But something is still missing, a medal to honor a hero, an honor many feel is long overdue.

After Salk retired from the military, he worked at the Pentagon for another 27 years.
Congressman Mike McIntyre has been notified about this effort, we will keep you updated.

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County Commissioner Brian Berger arrested for violating protective order

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

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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County Commissioner Brian Berger arrested for allegedly violating protective order

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police arrested New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger, after he allegedly violated a domestic violence protection order. The order was issued against him in September by his ex-girlfriend, Heather Blaylock.

WWAY has discovered Berger retaliated against that order by taking Blaylock to small claims court multiple times. His claims against her vary from a $9 potted plant to $120 for a cockroach infestation, which he says she caused.

We will have much more on what led to Berger’s arrest and the documents we’ve obtained from small claims court coming up on WWAY News at 5.

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Budget Bites – Dinner deals for two

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

It doesn’t matter your age or relationship status, dinner dates seem to always be on the menu.

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