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Jan. 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

Man wakes up speaking only Welsh

BATH, England, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A British woman whose 81-year-old English-speaking husband suddenly began speaking Welsh after a stroke said he had known the language in his youth.

Yvonne Morgan of Bath, England, said her husband, Alun, left doctors scratching their heads when he woke up speaking Welsh after his stroke, WalesOnline reported Tuesday.

Morgan said both she and her husband were born to Welsh-speaking parents in London and only spoke English in public. She said he stayed with Welsh-speaking relatives in Cardigan when he was evacuated during World War II.

She said the couple sometimes spoke Welsh to one another, but primarily spoke English, so doctors initially did not realize he was a Welsh speaker when he came out of his coma and was unable to remember any English words.

"I don't remember anything from the time of my stroke. But gradually I started speaking a few words in Welsh. Only my wife could understand what I was saying, and doctors were confused. Gradually the English words came back but it wasn't easy," Alun Morgan said.


Woman asks for jail, police comply

BREMERTON, Wash., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Police in Washington state said a woman seeking a stay in jail got her wish after she smacked an officer in the nose with a soda bottle.

Bremerton police said a 33-year-old woman holding a 22-ounce plastic bottle of soda approached an officer who had been called to a Kitsap Way convenience store around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, The Kitsap (Wash.) Sun reported Tuesday.

The woman, whose name was not released, asked the officer to take her to jail, but he said an alternative would need to be found because she had not committed any crime.

"What if I assault you?" the woman then allegedly asked, before swinging her drink and hitting the officer in the nose.

The officer, whose nose was reddened by the hit, said the woman then turned her back and presented her hands to be cuffed.

The woman was charged with felony assault of a police officer and jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.


Elk rescued from swimming pool

LINKOPING, Sweden, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Emergency responders in Sweden freed an adult female elk that plunged into a swimming pool while walking on its cover.

Linkoping municipal wildlife worker Hans Johansson, who was called to the scene to assist and advise the emergency workers, said the elk involved in Tuesday's incident appeared to be about 6-years-old and about 1,322 pounds, The Local.se reported Tuesday.

"The elk must have jumped over the fence looking for fallen fruit," Johansson said.

He said the elk appeared uninjured when workers were able to haul her out of the water.

"She was so scared when she finally got out that she just ran away," Johansson said. "She still had the emergency rope around her neck, but I'm sure it will be fine."

Johansson said the event was a rare occurrence.

"This is not something I see very often," he said. "I once saw a cow fall in a pool, but never an elk."


Landlord locks himself in lodging

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Ireland's High Court ordered the landlord of a Dublin hotel -- who has barricaded himself into the facility -- to vacate the premises.

Derek Byrne, the operator of the Leeson Bridge Guesthouse, said he went to the High Court for help after landlord Desmond Killoran took up residence in the hotel Jan. 2 and barricaded himself inside by nailing the doors shut, the Irish Independent reported Tuesday.

Allied Irish Banks appointed a receiver in December to oversee Killoran's interest in the property and directed Byrne to pay any rent due to the receiver, rather than to Killoran, the newspaper said.

Byrne said Killoran accused him in December of violating the terms of a 2010 lease agreement and ordered him to vacate the premises. He said Killoran offered no explanation for the accusation.

Byrne said he believes Killoran is trying to prevent the bank from collecting rent.

Justice Colm Mac-Eochaidh granted Byrne a temporary injunction, to take effect this month, ordering Killoran to vacate the guesthouse.

Killoran did not respond when the Irish Independent called the guesthouse.

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