Missouri Symphony hires new director

Trent Rash, who has been an assistant professor of music at Stephens College for the past 12 years, is the new executive director of the Missouri Symphony.

The symphony shared the news in a Monday statement.

At Stephens, Rash taught voice classes, choir and musical theater techniques. He also was executive director of the Summer Theatre Institute and project manager for the “Make a Joyful Noise!” fundraising campaign to restore an organ in the college’s Firestone Baars Chapel.

Rash has performed music with Stephens College, Talking Horse Productions, the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, the Missouri Contemporary Ballet and the Hot Summer Nights Concert Series, according to the news release.

“I want to make this community excited about MOSY and what it is doing and where it is going,” Rash said in the statement.

Missourian staff

Ashland man arrested after accusations of statutory rape

An Ashland man turned himself in to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department on Monday after he was accused of statutory rape of a minor younger than 14.

The girl told a forensic interviewer that Christian J. Wynn, 50, had sexual intercourse with her two-to-three times per week over the past five years.

A witness who lives with Wynn confirmed at least one incident.

Ashland Chief of Police Lyn Woolford confirmed that the alleged abuse occurred in Ashland. He said the girl is still a minor but didn’t know whether she was still under age 14.

In a probable cause statement, Ashland Police Officer Terry Toalson stated he believes Wynn is a danger to the community because he “has made verbal threats to take his own life and the lives of other family members if they report” his alleged acts.

Wynn used such threats to “intimidate the juvenile victim in the case” and caused her to fear for her safety and that of her family members. The threats also led Wynn’s live-in girlfriend to apply for an order of protection against him, according to the statement.

Bail is set for $100,000.

According to a complaint filed by the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, the alleged statutory rape occurred on or between Feb. 1, 2015, and June 25, 2019.

The Ashland Police Department and the Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services initiated a joint investigation into possible sexual assault July 2. The forensic interviewer spoke with the alleged victim July 25 at Rainbow House in Columbia.

— Maria Benevento

Sessions planned for those who want to bow hunt on city land

Those who want to use their bows and arrows to hunt for deer on city-owned properties can attend one of three orientation sessions scheduled for this month.

The free one-hour sessions are required for people who do not have a 2018 city-issued archery hunting permit. Permits issued in 2017 or before have expired.

The orientation classes will be at 3 and 6 p.m. next Wednesday and at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St. Registration is available at como.gov/parksandrec.

Archery hunting seasons this year are Sept. 15 through Nov. 9 and Nov. 21 through Jan. 15.

The city has allowed bow hunting on some of its properties since 2004. The program averages about 250 hunters per year.

Missourian staff

Warrant ordered for former choir director

A warrant was issued for Matthew Felts on Friday after he was charged with one count of first degree stalking Aug. 6.

Felts was previously arrested July 4 on charges that he harassed and insulted a person multiple times through phone calls, voicemails and a Facebook post, according to a probable cause statement. He is still facing charges from that incident, including second-degree harassment and resisting or interfering with an arrest.

Felts previously served as the choir director of Hickman High School from 2007 to 2014. In December 2014, he was charged with stalking and placed on leave by the high school, according to previous Missourian reporting.

He also worked as the choir director at the First Christian Church.

— Marcelle Peters

Columbia man arrested after fleeing from officers, crashing into playground

A Columbia man fled from a traffic stop and struck playground equipment before being arrested Tuesday.

Police said an officer was attempting to pull over Lamont Boone, 26, around 2:30 p.m. after he noticed Boone’s car had no license plate.

At one point, Boone allegedly struck playground equipment, but no one was hurt. He then got out of his car and ran from the Lakewood Apartments at 204 Old 63 N. as officers chased him on foot.

Once Boone was caught, he requested medical attention and was transported to a local hospital by EMS. Police said he was “completely cleared by medical staff as having no injuries.”

He was arrested on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license.

— Marcelle Peters

Police search Missouri lawmaker’s land for missing woman

HARRISONVILLE — Authorities are searching property owned by Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler for a missing woman.

The Cass County Sheriff Office said in a news release Tuesday that it’s working with Overland Park, Kansas, police in the search for Silvia Pearson.

Hartzler spokesman Steve Walsh confirmed that police are looking for the woman on a rural patch of land owned by the congresswoman’s family. The land is outside Harrisonville, which is about 40 miles south of Kansas City.

Walsh says the Hartzlers are cooperating completely with law enforcement. He says he’s unaware of any connection between the congresswoman’s family and the missing woman.

Walsh says he’s not sure if law enforcement is searching on the Hartzlers’ residential property or on an adjacent tract of land they own. But he says it’s in “the middle of nowhere.”

— The Associated Press

— The Associated Press

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