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Archive for January, 2012

Local woman might appear in SAG video

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Wilmington’s Amy Tipton appears in a clip about regional actors who get cast in movies filming on location.

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Police arrest bank robbery suspect

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

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Ex-girlfriend Blaylock, Commission chair, ardent supporter react to Berger’s arrest

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Brian Berger’s now multiple arrests, consistent tardiness and flip-flopping on issues has not helped his cause. We spoke to a few folks, including ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock to get their reaction to Berger’s dramatic day.

“When I found out that they had arrested him, I was more relieved, because I was like, ‘Well, at least if he’s taken into custody he can’t hurt himself or do anything stupid,'” Blaylock said.

She says she was not surprised he was late to court, but says she hopes he gets the help he needs.

“I was really happy that the judge stipulated that he needed to get a mental evaluation, because I do think he needs some help, and I don’t think he would have done it on his own,” Blaylock said.

New Hanover County Commission Chairman Ted Davis says he reached out to Berger last week to discuss how he can regain confidence with voters and fellow board members.

“I said, ‘So it’s going to take time, but you’ve got the opportunity to build yourself back up if you just simply do that,’ and it’s not even a week later, and here we are again with the same type stuff,” Davis said.

Ben McCoy, who has been an ardent supporter of Berger, says he believes everyone in a leadership role should be held equally accountable, but feels the way Berger has been treated by the media and law enforcement has been excessive.

“You would not see a front-page picture of Jonathan Barfield or Jason Thompson in leg irons and a green jump suit appearing in front of a judge, and you probably wouldn’t even find it buried on page seven in the newspaper,” McCoy said. “It would probably be handled completely discretely because they are county commissioners.”

Davis says he is very disappointed in Berger’s actions Friday and during the time he has spent on the board.

“If Brian cannot straighten himself out and get himself the help that he needs, then he does not need to be a member of this Board of Commissioners, because what good can come out of it?”

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Berger arrested, undergoes mental health evaluation

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Commissioner Brian Berger posted bond and was released around 9 p.m. Jan. 27.

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Rep. Mike McIntyre says he would promote bi-partisanship if he seeks governor’s office

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY)– A day after Governor Bev Perdue’s announcement
that she will not seek re-election, the focus now is on who will take her seat.

Many names are being tossed around with several local and state leaders
showing interest. One of those is Congressman Mike McIntyre.

We caught up with McIntyre today during a visit to Carolina Beach to ask
how serious he is about a move from Washington to Raleigh.

“I had several folks who contacted me right away and said for me to
consider the possibility and yes I am open to the possibility of
considering that but, I’ve got to have a lot of discussion with folks
around the state, my family has to discuss it and then some decisions have
to be made fairly soon because filing starts next month,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre has represented North Carolina in US congress since 1997. The
Democrat is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of Democrats that
are considered moderates within their party. He says party affiliation
aside, it’s time for North Carolina’s leader to put bipartisanship into

“As folks know I’ve had a long history of working across the aisle and
I think the problems we’re facing in North Carolina as well as in this
nation, you’ve got to have folks who will reach across the aisle, work
together and find solutions and not get caught up in party politics,”
McIntyre said.

When asked about how redistricting of the congressional lines will play a
role in his decision to run for governor, McIntyre says they are two
separate issues.

“That has to be a separate consideration,” McIntyre said.

If the governor’s seat is in fact in his future, McIntyre says he will put
personal politics aside to do what’s best for North Carolinians.

“It’s something that I’ve long done,” McIntyre said. I’ve long strived to work with
folks on what the issues are and not whether or not it was a party’s issue
but is it the right issue to help the people. “

According to state regulations, candidates must file a notice for
candidacy in the filing period between February 13th and February 29th.

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