No county for young soldiers

According to Virginia State Police, on Friday, December 7, U.S. Army private Nicholas Ripplinger, 21, was traveling along I-64 West through Albemarle County on his way to his base in Kentucky when the ball on his U-hall hitch broke. He left the trailer in the median and went to Lowe's in Charlottesville to find replacement parts, but when he returned, about 3 hours later, the trailer was gone. Albemarle County police recovered the trailer along Route 29 North on Saturday, but all the soldier's belongings were missing. State police say 7 boxes of clothing, one lazy boy chair, military awards, 7 U.S. Army BDUs, one dress uniform, and a set of golf clubs were stolen. Ripplinger heads to Iraq in March. According to State poilce Sgt. Dave Cooper, Ripplinger's belongings have not yet been recovered. If you have any information, call crime stoppers at 434-977-4000.