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Former Cincinnati City Council member arrested, accused of hiding suspect in traffic crash death

Posted at 7:51 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 13:13:40-05

CINCINNATI — Police arrested a former Cincinnati City Council member Wednesday and accused her of obstructing the arrest of a suspect in an Indiana traffic crash death case.

Yumorria Laketa Cole -- known publicly as Laketa Cole -- provided her Bond Hill home as a hiding place for William Cromwell, wanted by Indiana police for "causing death when operating a vehicle while intoxicated," according to an affidavit filed Wednesday in Hamilton County Municipal Court. She then told officers he was not there when they arrived looking for him, the affidavit states.

Officers charged Cole, who was elected to four consecutive terms on City Council between 2003 and 2009, with one count of obstructing justice after discovering Cromwell in her home shortly after she said he was not there, the affidavit states.

Cole was booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center Wednesday, along with Cromwell.

Cole did not appear at her arraignment on Thursday; she was released on a $5,000 bond.

She is scheduled to appear before a grand jury at 10:30 a.m. on March 4.