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Larry K. Kirchner, 2012
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Heather A. Kinney

Sunday afternoon was not restful for the North Platte police, as they rounded up a man who allegedly stole a pricey revolver and a woman who allegedly soaked her child with hot soup.  


Gun theft

Police spokesman Rodney Brown said at around 4:45 p.m., an officer went to Platte Valley Pawn at 723 N. Jeffers to check out the reported stolen revolver. 

A 41-year-old man said the he placed his .32 cal Heritage Rough Rider on a consignment sale earlier in the day, but when he returned, he found it had been stolen. 

Following further investigation, the officer suspected that Larry Kirchner, 51, stole the firearm. They found Kirchner in the 800 block of N. Dewey, and they found the stolen revolver concealed in his waistband. 

Kirchner was taken to jail. While there, he made multiple threats on the lives of law officers, Brown said. 

Kirchner is charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a deadly weapon by a convicted felon, theft and carrying a concealed weapon.


Burnt child

At around 5 p.m. Sunday, an officer went to a house in the 1100 block of E. Fifth regarding a case of suspected child abuse. 

Brown said the officer was told that a 12-year-old boy suffered burns on his chest from a bowl of hot soup. 

Heather Kinney, 35, allegedly became angry at the boy for misbehaving, and pushed several items, including a hot bowl of noodles, off the table.

Brown said the hot soup landed on the victim, burning and blistering his neck, shoulder and torso. 

The officer met with Kinney, who had left the house. She was processed and released at the jail, charged with felony child abuse.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/14/2014
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