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Police Files: Jan. 9, 2019

Ben Hume, Staff Reporter

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A bloody power tool incident

Officer Brett Vanderford of Oakland University Police Department (OUPD) was dispatched to the Katke-Cousins Golf Course maintenance building for a worker with a chainsaw injury on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Dispatch advised that Rochester Hills Fire Department (RHFD) had been contacted and was en route.

Upon arrival, Vanderford and RHFD made contact with the victim, who was alert and conscious. He was sitting in a golf cart with towels wrapped around his lower left leg. There was blood on his pants and the towels around his leg, along with some blood pooled in the golf cart below him.


The victim stated he received the injury when he and other golf maintenance workers were clearing brush in the wooded areas on the golf course. While clearing the brush, one of the other workers was using a chainsaw and accidentally struck him in the left calf with the power tool. The victim was put on a stretcher and loaded into the ambulance. He was then transported by RHFD to Crittenton Hospital for further medical attention. All units were then able to clear the scene.

A nasty spill on the hill

OUPD received a call for medical assistance by a third party individual around noon on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. The caller said she witnessed a male fall out of his wheelchair onto the pavement near Kresge Library. Officer Raashan Giles responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, the officer observed the subject identified by the caller sitting on his wheelchair with several cuts and bruises on his face and hands. He was conscious and alert with no visible signs of serious injury.

The victim said he was rolling in his chair down the hill between Kresge and Dodge Hall, at which point he tipped forward and fell to the pavement. When offered medical assistance, the victim accepted, and the officer called medical personnel to the scene. He then refused further medical transport and was released.

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Police Files: Jan. 9, 2019