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Citizen's concern over identity theft triggered charges against Howard register of wills

Citizen's concern over identity theft triggered charges against Howard register of wills

On the day before voters were deciding to send Howard County Register of Wills Byron Macfarlane back to office for a third term, a Mount Airy woman who supported his challenger filed the complaint that prompted a District Court commissioner to issue a summons charging Macfarlane with giving nearly 20 people unauthorized access to the county courthouse on a Sunday.

Macfarlane, 35, a Democrat, was charged with a misdemeanor and ordered to appear in court Jan. 8, according to the Nov. 5 statement of charges.

Macfarlane said he had not received a copy of the charges as of last week and declined to comment.

He had earlier called the...

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