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Telling stories is something I’ve loved since I was a kid. I’d enter storytelling contests and also enjoyed experimenting with cameras (I’d collect them out of trash that was collected by Uncle Bear who drove the trash truck!).

I figured since I liked telling stories and cameras, becoming a reporter would suit me well. Ever since then, I’ve been meeting some of the most interesting people in the world and helping tell their stories.

My curiosity has taken me into wild hurricanes, the death chamber, the White House, blizzards, firestorms and some of the coolest neighborhoods across the country. Living in Denver has been a lifelong goal. The people, bike paths, mountains and weather are just awesome. Thank you for taking time to read my bio.

Please let me know if you have a story idea: vicente.arenas@kdvr.com.

Recent Articles
  • Neighbors help save family from house fire in Centennial

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A neighbor’s quick actions help save a family from a burning home in Centennial on Sunday morning. The family inside the home was sound asleep when the fire broke out, but they had no idea they were in danger. A next-door neighbor knew something wasn’t right when the smell of smoke woke him up. “It looked like a campfire,” said neighbor Matt Huggins before noticing the fire growing. “I ran in our garage and got a bucket and tried […]

  • Game of Russian roulette reportedly ends tragically

    WESTMINSTER, Colo. — FOX31 has new details about the shooting death of a man in Westminster and some of that information is coming from the man charged with manslaughter in the case. In an interview with Vicente Arenas, the mother of the accused, said the death was the result of a game of Russian roulette gone wrong. The man Arenas spoke to is charged with killing a man who he says was his best friend. That young man was found […]

  • CDOT considers I-25 toll lane project between Castle Rock and Monument

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Transportation has been getting an earful from people asking questions about proposed toll lanes between Castle Rock and Monument. The stretch of Interstate 25 has been described as a miserable stretch of asphalt with too many vehicles and dangerous conditions. “Sometimes we’ll travel and camp down south and that definitely gets backed up so we’ll take the side road,” Lori King of Castle Rock said. CDOT is planning to widen I-25 by […]

  • Residents in Denver neighborhood curious about mysterious booms

    DENVER — Strange noises in another Denver neighborhood have a lot of people asking questions. A couple of weeks ago, there were similar complaints from Wheat Ridge. Now, it’s a neighborhood much closer to downtown. The people in and near Athmar Park aren’t sure what is causing the sounds. And a lot of people don’t know where they are coming from. One man, who lives in Westwood, said he thought his neighbor’s home had exploded. The sounds have been a […]

  • Longmont gun shop trains workers to look for warning signs

    LONGMONT, Colo. — At Grandpas Pawn and Gun in Longmont, passing a background check doesn’t mean it will sell a firearm. Many questions have been raised about the mental status of a teenager who legally purchased an AR-15 then allegedly opened fire at a Florida high school, killing 15 people. At the Longmont shop, clerks have been trained to watch for signs of trouble. “Rule No. 1 is to know who you are handing this gun to because you don’t […]

  • Teens’ deaths prompt railroad crossing closure in Eaton

    EATON, Colo. — A small community has won its fight to shut down a railroad crossing. Two teenagers have been killed at the crossing at Fifth Street and Highway 85 in Eaton in the past year. The crossing was closed over the weekend. Jacob Mondragon and his grandfather are relieved. “There should have been something done here a long time ago and this is pretty dangerous crossing,” Mondragon said. Mondragon’s 16-year-old brother, Dallas Duran, was killed at the crossing last […]

  • Mystery booms perplexing to residents, authorities in Wheat Ridge

    WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — Residents have been reporting hearing booms and sounds that sometimes wake them up in the middle of the night in Wheat Ridge. But no one knows what’s causing these sounds. Lawrence Brasier said they seem to be, “coming from a little bit east. It sounds like its coming from 38th and Pierce.” “I have heard them twice and it sounds like a car wreck and then another will sound like a dumpster (crashing to the ground) […]

  • One shot at Green Valley Ranch King Soopers; suspect in custody

    DENVER — One person was shot in the parking lot of a King Soopers grocery store in Green Valley Ranch on Sunday morning, the Denver Police Department said. Officers were dispatched to the store near East 48th Avenue and Tower Road about 10:45 a.m. on reports of a shooting. A man was found inside the store who had been shot. He was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, police said. “I  was parked next to where the parking carts […]

  • Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of a pregnant woman who disappeared in Pueblo

    PUEBLO, Colo. — Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of a pregnant woman who disappeared in Pueblo. Friends and family gathered to remember Kelsie Schelling, whose body has never been found. Laura Saxton, Kelsie’s mother, cried as she said, “I don’t get to help her plan a wedding. I don’t get to go through the process of pregnancy and childbirth with her. I don’t get to see her be a really great mommy.” The memories of her daughter and hope for […]

  • Police standoff ends near 78th and Washington, suspect in custody

    ADAMS COUNTY — Families were finally allowed to return to their homes in Adams County last night after a standoff that lasted nearly eight hours. It started today around noon Friday near East 78th Avenue and Downing Street near Thornton. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said they were called to a home where there were reports of shots being fired. SWAT officers, and police from numerous agencies including Thornton, Northglenn, Denver and the Colorado State Patrol surrounded the home […]

  • Sinking floor, swaying balcony concern residents at condo complex

    DENVER — A sinking floor and swinging balcony are causing problems at the Monaco Place Condominiums in Denver. One owner said his floor is “sinking,” and another says his balcony is at risk of crashing to the ground. At first, Roman Bay didn’t know what to think about his wrinkling carpet, shaky floor and creeping cracks in his condo located on South Monaco Place near East Hampden Avenue and Monaco Parkway. It turns out, he said, his floor in the second-story […]

  • Timeline of events in shooting of deputy Heath Gumm revealed in court documents

    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — More details about the moments that led to the killing of an Adams County sheriff’s deputy have been released. An affidavit was released Wednesday, the same day the suspect, 22-year-old Dreion Dearing, was formally charged. One man said he was watching television and “heard gunfire.” That gunfire took place when Adams County sheriff’s deputy Heath Gumm was killed. The affidavit said a deputy heard Gumm yell, “Police, stop running, don’t be stupid.” Sheriff’s deputies flooded the […]