Port Richey’s acting mayor, Terrence Rowe, has been charged with obstruction of justice.
A second Port Richey mayor is under arrest in under 20 days.
The city’s acting mayor, Terrence Rowe, took over for Dale Massad after Massad’s arrest in February. Massad, 68, was charged after authorities said he fired shots at a Pasco Sheriff’s SWAT team, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Rowe, 64, was taken into custody Wednesday by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents and later released on $15,000 bail.
He was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate the commission of a crime.
Authorities say Massad has had his share of issues with the law, losing his medical license in 1992 after the death of a 3-year-old patient.
Gov. Ron DeSantis also suspended him from office citing the decision as the best interest to the “residents of the city of Port Richey and the citizens of the state of Florida.”
Rowe, the city’s vice-mayor when Massad was removed, became acting mayor in February.
Both cases are “very active investigations” with “lots of moving pieces,” said Special Agent in Charge Mark Brutnell, of FDLE’s Tampa office.
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