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The biggest Las Vegas news stories of 2019

Posted at 1:47 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 22:35:12-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Here are the stories that made headlines in 2019.

Snow surprised Las Vegas residents in February of 2019. Snow was reported in Southern Highlands, Henderson, Centennial Hills, Chinatown and Boulder City.

In March, the college admission scandal was one of the biggest stories of the year nationally and 2 Las Vegas parents were also involved.


Also in March, a prominent California psychiatrist was found in the desert. His girlfriend, a Playboy model Kelsey Turner, and two others were arrested. Turner has pled not guilty.

A Las Vegas sports bettor became known as Jeopardy James when he won close to $2.5 million on the popular game show "Jeopardy." He'll be playing again in January in a GOAT tournament on ABC.

One of the craziest stories of the year involved a retired Las Vegas detective who is accused of shooting her former son-in-law in cold blood. Pamela Bourdeaux is claiming self-defense, but prosecutors say it was an ambush.

As we closed out the summer and started thinking about school, teachers were thinking about striking. They took a stand against the school district, demanding better pay and benefits. Even Gov. Sisolak joined the fight.

One of the biggest stories of the year started as a viral Facebook post about an event titled "Storm Area 51." Millions of people responding, claiming they were planning to travel to Nevada to storm a classified military base in the middle of the desert.

The world was watching when a Naruto runner ran behind investigative reporter Joe Bartels as he was giving a live report on television.

The legal fallout over the event continues today.

2019 closed with a tragedy -- one of the deadliest fires in the history of Las Vegas. 6 people were killed during a fire at the downtown Alpine Motel Apartments.