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May 25, 2019

Acting Florida mayor arrested for obstruction of justice after allegedly interfering in investigation of former mayor for attempted murder

March 14, 2019
Terance Rowe, the acting mayor of Port Richey, Florida, was arrested for allegedly interfering in the investigation into his predecessor. (Pasco County Sheriff’s Office)

A vice mayor in Florida who was promoted after the mayor was arrested has now been arrested himself.

Port Richey acting mayor Terance Rowe was arrested Wednesday and charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate the commission of a crime, according to the Tampa Bay Times.


It’s unclear exactly how Rowe, 64, broke the law, but agents said it was related to his predecessor’s case.

“It’s related but it’s an off-shoot,” Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Mark Brutnel told the Times. “From information we received, (Rowe) was conspiring to inject himself into an active criminal investigation.”

Former Mayor Dale Massad was arrested on Feb. 21 after he fired at a Pasco County sheriff’s SWAT team trying to arrest him for allegedly practicing medicine without a license out of his home.

“He’s lucky he’s not dead,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said of Massad at the time.

Massad was charged with with five counts of attempted murder, four counts of practicing medicine without a license and two counts of illegal use of a 2-way communication device.

Rowe is being held at the Pasco County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

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