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Here's a recap of the biggest stories around West Bloomfield during the week of Nov. 11-17.

A lot happened this past week, and we want to make sure you didn't miss a thing. Here are some of the biggest stories on Patch:

Walking, biking and avoiding busy streets are top of mind in Birmingham after a survey on how residents get around town was presented at Monday's Birmingham City Commission meeting, according to Birmingham Patch.

The multi-modal transportation survey administered by Ann Arbor-based consultant Greenway Collaborative, Inc. covered everything from bike lanes to why residents don't use the SMART bus system. 

The state mandated Complete Streets program requires municipalities to accomodate alternate forms of transit when planning road construction and development projects. The multi-modal transportation plan will largely guide the city in implementing Complete Streets in coming years.

Former Fenton foreign exchange student helps man escape car after train crash

A man that attended Fenton High School as a foreign exchange student has been nicknamed “Hercules” after he helped a man escape a car after it collided with a train Australia.

Lachlan McLean, who was in the Fenton class of 1992, jumped out of the window of the train he was on and ripped the door off a car to help the driver get out of the vehicle after it had slammed into a train, according to Ten News in Australia.

"I gave my drink to my mate and I said hang on to this. And I just jumped out and jump down on the car and got down to help him," he said in the Ten News video.

Brighton high-flyer wins gold in National Skydiving Championships

Brighton native and U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Erin Brown has done it again.

Along with her team Air Force Paradigm, Brown, 21, won a gold medal in the the advanced 4-way formation skydiving competition at the 2012 U.S. Parachute Association (USPA) National Skydiving Championships Oct. 24 through Nov. 3. in Eloy, Arizona.

The medal is not Brown's first - not even her first this year. She won a gold medal and set national and state collegiate skydiving records in January in the 2011 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships.

The man that Bloomfield Township police suspect of stealing tires from new cars parked in the Golling Chrysler Dealership lot is free on bond while awaiting his next court date.

Andrew Lee Marculewicz, 24, posted a $10,000 bond and was released from the Oakland  County Jail on Tuesday, jail records show. He is scheduled to appear in 48th District Court for a preliminary hearing next week.

Marculewicz is charged with one count of larceny from auto, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, upon conviction. Bloomfield Township police officers arrested him at about 5 a.m. Sunday in the Golling Chrysler parking lot after they responded to a 9-1-1 call from a witness who said he saw a man dressed in all black, wearing a hood and face mask, rolling a tire across the parking lot, a news release stated.

Hartland woman was 'never nervous' after finding bullet hole in home

For Marjorie Line, hearing the sounds of gunshots from the rural areas surrounding her home is pretty typical for this time of year, but after finding a bullet hole in the wall of her home, the longtime Hartland resident admitted to being a little shocked.

Line says police told her the bullet traveled about 40 feet before hitting the wall in her bedroom and falling to the floor.

After the initial shock of discovering the bullet hole, Line says she was never nervous and assumed the bullet was a stray from someone’s target practice earlier in the day. 

“I am not upset by it at all except that I have to repair my wall,” she said. “I know it was an accident. I know it wasn’t intentional.”

Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte stressed the need to practice good safety measures when using firearms and during target practice and use “common sense” by not firing where there are houses or in populated areas.

“The obvious is to make sure you know what you’re shooting at and to have a proper background to stop any bullets,” he said. “In this particular situation, it goes through a house and fortunately no one was injured or killed.”

Patch local editors Laura Houser, Jason Alexander, Tatum Ryan, Art Aisner and Nicole Krawcke contributed to this report.

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