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Forum staff reports, Published May 29 2013

Another arrest warrant issued for ex-Bison player in petition case

FARGO – A second arrest warrant has been issued for a former North Dakota State University football player accused of not serving the community service ordered after he admitted to faking signatures on an election petition last fall.

Don Carter, 21, is one of 15 defendants who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges last fall for faking signatures on failed petitions seeking statewide votes to establish an outdoor heritage fund and legalize medical marijuana.

Ten of those 15 were Bison football players, while three of them, including Carter, were former players. All 15 received deferred impositions that will clear their public records if they successfully complete a little less than a year of unsupervised probation, which included a requirement to complete 50 hours of community service.

Carter is accused of not doing the community service and was due in court on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the Cass County Attorney’s Office said Carter didn’t show up at the hearing, prompting authorities to issue an arrest warrant. An arrest warrant was issued earlier this month for another of the defendants, former Bison star running back D.J. McNorton, who is also accused of failing to do his community service.