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Heavenly will replace lost World Cup trophy

Whether or not the original is recovered, World Cup mogul competitor Alex Wilson soon will have a first place trophy.

The U.S. freestyle ski team member who won the moguls event Jan. 23 at Heavenly Ski Resort reported the trophy missing from his hotel room on Jan. 25.

Heavenly, along with other sponsors, purchased the trophies for the World Cup competition.

“A replacement trophy is on order,” said Monica Bandows, Heavenly’s director of communications. “We have to order them from Maine, so hopefully soon he (Wilson) will receive it. It’s a beautiful crystal-lead vase, etched with the World Cup logo.”

The trophy is valued at $500.

Latoya Sheree Lewis, who is accused to taking Wilson’s trophy, appeared in court Wednesday.

Lewis, 23, entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of grand larceny, resisting arrest and battery on an officer. A preliminary hearing on the charges was set for Feb. 10 in the Tahoe Township Justice Court.

Wilson, of Buffalo, N.Y., was packing to leave on Jan. 25 he noticed the crystal trophy was missing from his room at the Horizon Casino Resort. After checking with teammates and coaches, Wilson contacted the resort’s security to report it as stolen.

Lewis, a housekeeper at the resort, was implicated by a hotel inspector, who said she saw the trophy in a laundry bag on Lewis’ cleaning cart. During questioning Lewis allegedly admitted to taking the trophy from the room, but said she thought it was a vase because it contained “dead” flowers. Lewis said she often disposes of wilted flowers and removes vases from rooms, investigators said. Lewis said she left the trophy on her cart at the end of her shift.

During her arrest Lewis allegedly resisted the deputy, striking him in the face and kicking him in the leg.

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