Port Richey Acting Mayor Arrested For Obstruction


Port Richey, Fla. - News Radio WFLA - Port Richey's acting mayor, Terance Rowe, found himself behind bars along with the city's former mayor for a time overnight, following his own arrest on obstruction-related charges.

Rowe is facing charges from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for conspiracy to obstruct justice in connection with a separate investigation following the February 21st arrest of then-Mayor Dale Massad for practicing medicine without a license.

Rowe was released early this morning from the Pasco County jail on a $15,000 bond.

Massad's arrest led to a SWAT standoff with Pasco County deputies and additional charges of attempted murder after he allegedly opened fire on SWAT deputies.

FDLE agents have not released many details about the obstruction case against Rowe, other than he reportedly injected himself into an investigation related to Massad.

Special Agent in Charge Mark Brutnell had a warning for anyone who thinks it may be a good idea to interfere in a case saying "if you are not a witness or subject of any ongoing, active criminal investigation, I'd ask that you please don't inject or insert yourself into one."

Brutnell added that both cases involving Massad and Rowe are active investigations on the statewide level.

Rowe became acting mayor following the removal of Massad by Governor Ron Desantis shortly after his arrest.

Massad also had his medical license revoked in 1992 following the death of young patient.

Booking Photo of Terance Rowe - Courtesy: Pasco County Sheriff's Office

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