Port Richey Mayor Arrested Just 20 Days After Previous Mayor Was Arrested

We often feature stories from Port Richey, Florida which seems like an endless spring of bizarre crimes. Now, the city has out done itself. Previously, Mayor Dale Massad, 68, was arrested for allegedly firing at a Pasco sheriff’s SWAT team trying to arrest him for practicing medicine without a license. Now his replacement, Terrence Rowe, 64, has been arrested just 20 days after taking over from Massad.

Rowe became acting mayor after Governor DeSantis suspended Massad. Now Rowe is under arrest 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.

Good government may be scarce in Port Richey, but the city currently leads the nation in sensational criminal stories.

17 thoughts on “Port Richey Mayor Arrested Just 20 Days After Previous Mayor Was Arrested”

  1. “While the team was trying to enter, shots were fired at them, however, the deputies didn’t return fire. Fortunately, no one was injured and the individual inside the home was taken into custody.”

    White guys get taken into custody, even after firing at cops. Black guys with cell phones looking the other way, or unarmed and running away get shot, shot dead. Absolutely amazing at the ingenuity of cops when dealing with white guys, ingenuity that is replaced by fear for their lives when dealing with Black guys.

    1. bettykath – you are assuming that police did not return fire because the perp was white, and they did fire at another perp because he was black. But you have not given any supporting evidence.

      There are some data behind office involved shootings.

      For one, the best way to avoid getting harmed or killed by the police is to not break the law. If you do interact with the police, obey commands. Save your complaint for the watch commander or an IA investigation. Many deaths that I have heard of was from people refusing to obey simple commands. For instance, instead of raising your hands, reaching into your pocket to pull out a cell phone. In that instance of reaching for something, he gets shot.

      Blacks disproportionately commit more crimes. This is not due to any inherent genetic reason, but rather to several factors. Single mothers have an exponentially higher risk to live in poverty, have kids who are poor, drop out of school, join gangs, commit crimes, do drugs, deal drugs, go to jail, shoot someone or get shot, and/or die prematurely. That’s undisputed. Single motherhood is over 72% now, and in some areas over 95%. Ergo, their children grow up poor criminals and die early. For that to change, women need to expect more out of life and wait for a stable marriage before having children, and then ensure those children stay in school, do well, and graduate. That, alone, would take care of most problems in the poor neighborhoods, black or white, within a single generation.

      Since blacks commit more crimes, they engage more often with police. When they engage more often with police, if they fail to follow commands, the risk for harm goes up. That goes for white or black people.

      Before anyone assumes that every single cop who shoots any black suspect, armed or not, is racist, the facts should be examined.

      Here is another case in point. My husband knows a cop who worked in gangland a while ago. The particular gangs in his beat were black. Other areas have Latino or skinhead gangs, but his area had black gangs terrorizing the neighborhood. Kids were pressured to join a gang just to have the protection. He did have to use his firearm on more than one occasion, and has been shot. Looking at the data, one might think, this white cop only shoots black people. He must be racist. That’s not the case, however. The suspects were gang members, often in the process of firing at him. They were all justified.

      I do support the investigation of each and every officer involved shooting. However, we should try to suspend judgement until we review the facts.

      None of us were there at the time of the shooting. It’s a split second decision.

      I hope that you read this article, about a journalist’s experience taking the Shoot or Don’t Shoot police training. It was an eye opener.

      https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/07/12/cop-test/30059313/

  2. Useof a two way radio is more than free speech. Interfering with the right to use the airwaives to communicate should be a crime. So, who is “charging” this free speaker with some phony crime? The person or people making the charges are offenders. The Second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms. People in that town need to get their guns out and go after the Redcoats.

    1. Excerpted from the article linked above:

      Singer Johnny Cash owned a home along the Pithlachascotee River from 1979 until 2002. Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, inherited the house from Maybelle Carter after her death, and sold it in 2002 shortly before their deaths in 2003.

      The population of Port Richey has remained small, and proposals to abolish the city have gone before the voters several times.

  3. “use of a two-way communication device to facilitate the commission of a crime.”
    This is a crime? This seems to me like overkill. Isn’t talking and listening also a two-way communication device? I’m curious as to how and why that got to be such a threat it had to be outlawed?

    1. Details are sketchy. But it looks like Rowe was using the two-way radio to interfere with the police who were investigating Massad.

    2. Excerpted from the article linked above:

      Former Port Richey Mayor Dale Glen Massad, 68, was re-arrested Wednesday after police said he and Terrance Rowe, 64, conspired to intimidate a city police officer involved in Massad’s Feb. 21 arrest.

      The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it received information the two men had discussed ways to intimidate a Port Richey police officer during a recorded phone call in March at the Pasco County Jail.

      “I don’t know why, but he is in on everything,” Massad said of the officer, in reference to his arrest, the Tampa Bay Times reported, citing the FDLE.

      “I’m on it,” Rowe replied.

      When Massad said anything Rowe could do would be “good,” Rowe replied: “You know, this doesn’t go down without somebody answering for it.”

      Massad is now facing charges of criminal attempt, solicitation or conspiracy and using a two-way communication device as part of a crime.

    3. hell cutting a fart in the wrong direction is a crime these days
      the more excuses the police have to lock people up, the easier it is for the state to control us all

        1. From the article linked above:

          “This is a big piece of the former case which is still active and on-going,” FDLE special Agent Mark Brutnell told FOX 13. “What I can say about this is if you’re not a witness or a subject of any criminal investigation please don’t inject or insert yourself into one.”

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