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Former Port Richey mayor denied bond as more charges added
WFLA News Channel 8 ^ | 14 March 2019 | Ryan Hughes

Posted on 03/14/2019 9:02:59 PM PDT by Steely Tom

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) - A run down looking Dale Massad walked into courtroom 3-A at the Pasco County Courthouse in a jail jumpsuit.

It's a fall from grace for the former Port Richey mayor removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies went to his home in February to arrest him for practicing medicine without a license, they said.

While there, they claim he opened fire.

"He never shot at any officers," said attorney Bjorn Brunvand. "There were never officers in the path of any bullets. Did he fire bullets? Yes. But not toward anyone," he said outside the courthouse.

That landed Massad in jail.

Then this week, more charges were added because authorities explained that Massad made a call from jail to acting Port Richey major Terrance Rowe.

In court, the judge said the men appeared to conspire to intimidate a police officer at the center of Massad's February arrest.

He said something along the line of "anything you can do is good," Judge Mary Handsel said.

"Do you think anything sinister was intended in that [call]?" reporter Ryan Hughes asked his attorneys.

"Absolutely not! Absolutely not! When she told me to stop yelling at her, that's what I was saying," attorney Dennis deVleming said about his exchange with the judge.

Massad is now facing two new charges, including conspiracy to obstruct justice, and because of that, he's being held without bond.

His attorneys tried to get Handsel to set a bond, but she refused.

During the Thursday hearing, the attorneys also mentioned that Massad is in declining health. The judge said he has been moved to the medical ward of the jail in Land O' Lakes.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: desantis; florida; massad; pascocounty; portrichey
Pretty amazing story. The good citizens of Port Richey (not to be confused with New Port Richey) elected a criminal syndicate to run their town.
1 posted on 03/14/2019 9:03:00 PM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: Steely Tom

Good for DeSantis putting this guy on ice.

2 posted on 03/14/2019 9:41:18 PM PDT by Bullish (My tagline ran off with another man.)
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To: Steely Tom

Original story with background info about practicing without license back in Febuary.

3 posted on 03/14/2019 9:58:00 PM PDT by Karl Spooner
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To: Steely Tom

What? There’s political corruption in Florida? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

[Hope none of my distant relatives are involved}.

4 posted on 03/14/2019 10:48:27 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper (with)
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To: Steely Tom

And more.
Second mayor got arrested too

5 posted on 03/14/2019 11:05:32 PM PDT by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: Darksheare

I have not clicked on the articles.

Question, no political party was listed. Does this mean they are Democrats?

6 posted on 03/15/2019 4:45:03 AM PDT by Not gonna take it anymore (Now that Trump has won, I don't have to post about halfwit anymore)
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