Courtney receives permanent stalking order

By Katy Nesbitt/The Observer October 25, 2013 11:04 am

Judge grants order following two hours of testimony in circuit court 

ENTERPRISE — A temporary stalking order requested by Daniel K. Courtney, 47, of Lostine against Sue Sasser and Fred Warnock was made permanent Wednesday in Wallowa County Circuit Court.

 

Following a shootout between Courtney and his brother-in-law, Randy Dickenson, at Courtney’s home in rural Enterprise, Sasser and Warnock repeatedly drove by his new home in Lostine with Randy and Donna Dickenson in the vehicle. During one of the drive-bys, Courtney’s attorney, Janie Burcart, said Dickenson threatened Courtney’s life.

“Throughout, Warnock has said, ‘The SOB should be dead,’” Burcart said.

Warnock was arrested on Oct. 10 for breaking the temporary stalking order after approaching Courtney’s pickup and talking to
him.

Two Oregon State Police detectives, a private detective and Enterprise Police Chief Wes Kilgore all testified in the case.

OSP Det. David Aydelotte said he issued a stalking complaint to Warnock and Sasser Aug. 26 after copies of photographs were provided of the drive-bys. He said after the last drive-by, he asked the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office to initiate a traffic stop where he interviewed the couple.

Aydellotte said Warnock told him he wanted to find out what Courtney, 47, was doing. 

When Aydellote asked Warnock what he would like to see happen, Warnock answered, “I’d like to kill
him.”

Warnock said that Courtney “gets away with everything and runs amok
and is protected by the
sheriff’s office.”

Chief Kilgore said he saw Warnock and Sasser drive by Courtney’s house twice during Courtney’s wedding reception in April. He agreed with Burcart that Courtney was in a situation of fear and apprehension.

Det. Greg Rutherford testified that when he interviewed Sasser of the repeated drive-bys and threats that she said, “Things aren’t going to stop.”

Following two hours of testimony, Judge Robert Morgan granted the permanent stalking order.

Courtney, a former Wallowa County deputy, was originally charged in July with second-degree assault and released on $50,000 bail after allegedly shooting Randy Dickenson in the chest over a years-long property dispute among family members.

A grand jury determined in September that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to charge Courtney for the July shooting incident.