Friday, I told you about a 2012 Lower Saucon home invasion which charges have been filed against one of the four assailant. Interestingly, no charges have been filed against the alleged mastermind, Michael Radogna. He is presumed innocent. But his is one of the more interesting families in Northampton County.
His father, Michael Anthony Radogna, is the erstwhile leader of the "Mountain Dogs" klavern of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1989, he planned to conduct a July 4 rally at his Williams Township home on Island Park Road, complete with a cross-burning. I don't know if the rally ever occurred, bit I used to drive by the property when visiting my parents, and my brother worked at the chemical company next door. There were always strange signs. In 1990, state police found a huge wooden cross burning near his property, though Radogna denied he had anything to do with it.
In 1991, Radogna was Easton Mayor for a day after placing the winning bid in a charity auction conduted on public television.
I'm pretty sure I actually met this guy in 1992, when he was passing out KKK flyers in the Nazareth circle. I tore mine to pieces and threw it to the ground, only to be accused of littering.
Radogna, an avid motorcyclist and marijuana advocate, no longer lives in the area. According to his Facebook page, he now lives in Western Florida.
In addition to the father, there's Uncle John, as in John Vito Radogna. At age 69, he's a resident of State Correctional Institute Huntingdon. John was convicted of killing a man in a 1979 road rage dispute, and sentenced to 26 years. The gun he used had been stolen from deputy sheriffs during an escape from jail. He escaped from jail six times. The last time he escaped, it was when he was released from state prison to attend his father's funeral. Then Sheriff Ken Stocker was forced to resign after that escape. John was caught a month later in Fort Lauderdale.
In the meantime, Michael Radogna was carving a different path for himself in law enforcement. He became a part-time police officer in Wilson Borough and also worked on the Coopersburg force.
He visited South America to learn about coffee, and when he returned, formed Mocha Mike's.At one tome, he had several coffee kiosks throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Radogna's wife Carin is the widow of Easton police officer Jesse Sollman, who was accidentally killed when officers were cleaning their weapons. She settled with Easton for $5 million in 2009. In 2011, she had the names of her children changed from Sollman to Radogna.
Her Facebook page, which was active on Thursday, appears to be offline.