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Chelsea joined the WHNT News 19 team in October of 2016. She comes to the Tennessee Valley from the Rocky Mountains.

She previously worked as an anchor, reporter and sometimes weather girl for KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls, Idaho. While out west, she covered stories of local government corruption, wildfires and cold cases. She also reported about moose on the loose and potatoes.

Chelsea is no stranger to Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama, earning her degree in broadcast journalism. She is extremely happy to be back home near family and friends.

When she isn’t out chasing stories, Chelsea enjoys hiking, watching college football (Roll Tide!) and cooking.

She is passionate about Taking Action and Getting Results for you. If you have a story idea, or just want to chat, send her an email at chelsea.brentzel@whnt.com.

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    Madison Mayor talks about the State of the City

    MADISON, Ala. – Madison Mayor Paul Finley will give his State of the City Address in less than a week. It’s an annual event where the mayor talks about the ups and downs of the previous year and his hopes and plans for the next year. “We’ve already been successful in our first 60 to 90 days in rebuilding that relationship with our city council. They’re the ones who have the budget and the money. And then they’re the ones […]

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    22 gambling machines seized from Madison County thrift store

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After several months of investigating, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office believes it put an end to a gambling operation. Around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Madison County Sheriff’s Office found 22 gambling machines inside a thrift store on Highway 72 East. Investigators say 21 of those machines were in operation. “We have seized the machines. We have collected money from the machines, and also records that will be used in further prosecution,” said Madison County Lt. Brian Chaffin. The […]

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    Madison County Sheriff’s Office seizes 21 gambling machines from Ryland store

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office raided a business in the Ryland area on Friday.  It is located a 2817 G Highway 72 East. They seized 22 illegal gambling machines, 21 of which were in operation. Investigators are questioning two people. WHNT News 19 is tracking the latest on this developing story. We’ll update you as soon as more details are released.

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    Hundreds visit Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge to see whooping cranes

    DECATUR, Ala. – Hundreds of people spent the holiday at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Thousands of cranes migrate to the area each winter. A refuge ranger told WHNT News 19 the refuge here in north Alabama is the best place to see whooping cranes in the world. “I heard about this from Facebook. They mentioned their “Festival of Cranes” at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. I thought it would be a good day trip for us. So, we came over […]

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    A dream come true for a Limestone County teen in the last 15 seconds of a basketball game

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Basketball is usually a game that comes down to the wire. On Friday night, with just 15 seconds on the clock and down by 6 points, the East Limestone Middle School basketball team put in their “sixth man”, Savion McNeill. “I shot five threes and missed. I shot two threes and missed that. And I made two,” said Savion. It’s a moment his father will always treasure. “I actually didn’t think he would get a chance […]

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    The search continues for a Madison police and fire chief

    MADISON, Ala. – Madison is still trying to get back on it’s feet after multiple department heads parted ways with the city. The city has been operating without an official police or fire chief for months. Former Madison Fire and Rescue Chief Ralph Cobb retired on October 1 of last year. That happened after Cobb spent six months on administrative leave. Cobb was under investigation by Madison city officials for claims of age discrimination. Those allegations came to light following a class […]

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    Madison Mayor weighs in on Superintendent search

    MADISON, Ala. – Madison City Mayor Paul Finley is weighing in on the search for a superintendent. Thursday night the Madison City School board announced its four finalists. Mayor Finley said he is excited for the change a new superintendent could bring to the area. “For years you have known of such a solid leader in Dr. Dee Fowler. Now, things will change. Sometimes it changes for the better,” said Finley. He said school leadership is changing just as the city […]

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    Hughes and Gillespie Roads utility construction project delayed

    MADISON, Ala. — A utility construction project at the intersection of Hughes and Gillespie Road in Madison has been delayed. The city started preliminary construction on Friday, January 13, but realized the project plan may have to be altered. The work isn’t changing the road in any way. The construction project is only working on utilities, but even so, it will be a nuisance for drivers. Engineers and the utility company are going back to the drawing board. The city expects this project […]

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    Republican party responds to continued protests against Sen. Jeff Sessions nomination

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Confirmation hearings begin for President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet on Tuesday morning. Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions will meet with the senate judiciary committee on Tuesday morning. Senator Sessions is facing some opposition. Monday morning the NAACP delivered a letter to his Huntsville office asking him to withdraw his name from consideration. “Say no in the morning. Say no at noon. Say no in the evening. No all day to Sessions,” said protesters. Those who oppose Sessions nomination believe he […]

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    “Be patient;” Cold case doesn’t mean closed case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Generally when a crime is committed investigators catch a suspect pretty quickly. Sometimes that’s not the case. For those impacted by the crime it can be extremely frustrating. The Madison County District Attorney wants those waiting for justice to be served to never give up. “I would just say be patient, because they’re not going to quit on it,” said Rob Broussard. Broussard knows that’s easier said than done. Unsolved murder cases haunt family and friends of the victim. […]

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    Caught on camera: Driver rams through popular Huntsville comic book store

    HUNTSVILLE, AL. – The driver of a Honda CRV sustained injuries after driving into a popular comic book store. Owners of The Deep Comics and Games say the driver experienced a seizure before ramming through the front window and into the store on Friday morning. The vehicle crashed into the front of the store around 10 a.m. The Deep is located at 2310 Memorial Parkway SW. “You can see like ‘Oh wow, that car’s not there! Holy crap what’s that?’ You couldn’t […]

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    No extra security measures taken at HSV airport following Ft. Lauderdale shooting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In immediate response to the shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, security increased at some of the nation’s largest airports. In New York City, all airports used armored vehicles and K-9 teams looking for explosives. Typically officials with the Huntsville International Airport wait to get word from the TSA or FBI. Friday that word didn’t come and no additional security measures were taken. Jana Kuner with the Huntsville International Airport told WHNT News 19 that the Chief of Public Safety reached […]