Saturday, August 28, 2004

"Superman" clashes with police: The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Man of Steel finally has met his match: the St. Paul Police Department. John Fillah, who for the past five years has dressed as Superman and charged visitors to the Minnesota State Fair $5 to have their photos taken with him, ran afoul of the law when his sidewalk sign violated his peddler's permit. When police approached Fillah on Friday, he was anything but mild-mannered:

"He became extremely argumentative with the officers and began to use vulgar language. He was warned to stop and settle down."

However, police spokesman Paul Schnell notes, Fillah "never invoked any Superman powers with officers." So, the Last Son of Krypton was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.