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Dale Massad faces two more charges following arrest of Port Richey's acting mayor

Posted: 11:10 AM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-15 07:01:48-04
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PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Former Port Richey Mayor, Dale Massad, is facing two more charges after the arrest of the acting Port Richey Mayor, Terrence Rowe on Wednesday.

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On Wednesday night at approximately 6 p.m., Massad was charged with Conspiracy to Obstruction of Justice and Use of a Two-Way Communication Device.

According to arrest documents, Massad conspired to obstruct justice by attempting to intimidate, harass or retaliate against a Port Richey Police Department Police Officer. Massad reportedly conspired with the current Port Richey Mayor, Terrance H. Rowe, to obstruct justice.

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On February 21, 2019, Massad was arrested for practicing medicine without a license. He was also charged with five counts of pre-meditated attempted homicide after shooting at Pasco deputies attempting to serve a search warrant at his home. Massad is currently in the Pasco County Detention Center, held without bond.

According to arrest documents, on March 3, 2019 at 10:48 p.m., Massad called Rowe on a recorded jail phone line and during the call Massad told Rowe "I believe Howard was hired illegally, fired legally and re-hired illegally. I don't know why but he is in on everything (referring to Massad's 2/21/19 arrest). Rowe responded "I'm on it" and Massad said "Okay, so anything you can do is good." Rowe said "You know, this doesn't go down without somebody answering for it!"

The arrest document says "Massad had prior knowledge of Ofc. D. Howard's involvement in FDLE case TM-14-0150."