Second Port Richey Mayor Arrested For Conspiring With Already-Jailed Mayor

Image Credit: Pasco County Sheriff's Office

This was last month…

This was Thursday…

PORT RICHEY, FL—As Port Richey’s Ex-Mayor Dale Massad sits in a jail cell on charges of practicing medicine without a license and attempted murder, his replacement, acting Mayor Terrence Rowe, was arrested on Thursday, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Ex-mayor Dale Massad, accused of firing at Pasco County deputies during a raid on his home last month, conspired with his successor, acting Mayor Terrence Rowe, to intimidate a Port Richey police officer at the center of Massad’s legal woes, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The two mayors discussed what to do about the officer during a March 3 call placed at about 10:50 p.m. from the Pasco jail, according to Massad’s arrest report.

Apparently, despite a recording that states that every inmate call into Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is “recorded and is subject to monitoring at anytime,” the two mayors did not realize that jailhouse telephone calls are recorded.

“I don’t know why, but he is in on everything,” Massad said of the officer.

“I’m on it,” Rowe replied.

Massad said anything Rowe could do for him would be “good.”

“You know, this doesn’t go down without somebody answering for it,” Rowe replied.

Now, Rowe faces charges of “obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and using a two-way communication device as part of a crime,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. “He was freed from jail after posting $15,000 bail.”

Massad has been held without bail since his February 21st arrest.


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