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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 thrilled 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.

Recent Articles
  • The Deadly Cost of Fentanyl: Doctors, investigators, addicts feel the drug’s terrible burden

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Loen Beasley knows firsthand just how dangerous Fentanyl can be, and he’s lived to tell about it. “This is my second go around, I was here last year from August of 16 to August of 17,” Beasley says, speaking during a break at the Downtown Rescue Mission’s faith-based recovery program. Fentanyl is much more potent than heroin and the leading cause of overdose deaths in the United States. Law enforcement professionals, doctors, counselors and addicts in North Alabama […]

  • Attorney General says state law exists to pursue litigation against 3M over Lawrence County water issues

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Water issues continue for residents of Lawrence County, but Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall recently admitted there is applicable state law to pursue legal action against 3M. More than two and a half years after being told not to drink their water, residents of Lawrence County are still concerned. Several who live there believe their drinking water is killing them after high levels of toxic manufacturing chemicals were found in it. The State of Alabama has […]

  • Alabama’s environmental chief advises Lawrence County water authority to buy water, avoid overpaying for filtration

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – The fight for clean drinking water in Lawrence and Morgan Counties continues. The West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority is suing 3M to pay for a reverse osmosis system. WMEL officials say this system would filter out all toxic chemicals from the Tennessee River that make their way into the drinking water. However, WHNT News 19 just found a letter in which the state of Alabama environmental agency says it doesn’t think that system is worth the […]

  • FBI agents say shutdown is ruining investigations and compromising national security

    FBI agents say the longest government shutdown in U.S. history is compromising security and destroying investigations that agents have worked on for years. The FBI Agents Association released Tuesday a series of agent accounts about how the ongoing government shutdown has affected their work. The risks they described are startling. FBIAA President Tom O’Connor told reporters Tuesday the FBI needs funding immediately to protect national security, CBS News reported. “The failure to fund the FBI is making it more difficult […]

  • Man who opened fire at Huntsville IHOP had multiple arrests for violent incidents

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As the investigation continues into the deadly IHOP shooting on Wednesday night, we’re learning more about the man police say first opened fire. WHNT News 19 has learned this is not the first time 25-year-old Roderick Turner was involved in a violent incident with a gun. In fact, Turner was charged with assault involving a firearm three times with three different victims. However, Madison County prosecutors say those cases were hampered by the unwillingness of the victims […]

  • City Councilman Will Culver won’t explain how his DUI charge was “resolved”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Court records show Huntsville City Councilman Will Culver’s DUI charge has been expunged months after he was arrested. The process behind Culver’s expungement remains a mystery. Culver was arrested for driving under the influence in April 2018. On Wednesday, Culver told WHNT News 19 his case is “resolved” and he applied for expungement. The city councilman added that his DUI case was treated the same way any other citizen’s case would be. However, Culver would not explain […]

  • Prosecutors moving forward in seeking death penalty against Sonic shooting murder suspect

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The state intends to seek the death penalty against 21-year-old Trevor Cantrell. Cantrell is one of two men charged with capital murder in the killing of 18-year-old Jason West in December 2016. The announcement was made at a court hearing today. Cantrell’s attorneys had filed a motion asking the court to compel prosecutors to announce their intentions regarding capital punishment for Cantrell. WHNT News 19 asked the Limestone County District Attorney, Brian Jones, why prosecutors were […]

  • Huntsville Councilman Will Culver’s DUI case “does not exist” in court record

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Months after he was arrested on a DUI charge, a Huntsville councilman’s case no longer exists in city court records. Huntsville City Attorney, Trey Riley, told WHNT News 19 all he could say was that the City Councilman Will Culver’s DUI court records do not exist. Culver’s mugshot no longer appears on Madison County jail’s website either. We contacted Culver who says that the charges have been “resolved.” He would not elaborate on what “resolved” meant, but […]

  • Catholic Diocese of Birmingham names North Alabama priests accused of sexually abusing minors

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham released a list of names of priests accused of sexually abusing minors.  The press release is asking anyone with new information to come forward. The list does not include where the accused clergy served or the allegations against them. Charles V. Cross Ordained in 1960, removed from ministry in 1985, forced to retire without privileges in 2002 John J. (Jack) Ventura Ordained in 1968, transferred to Diocese of Birmingham in […]

  • Outgoing Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin faces legal battles

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – As Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin prepares to hang up her hat in January, the controversy around what she did while in office continues. There’s been movement in two federal lawsuits against Franklin. The two-term sheriff has faced a number of allegations of misconduct while serving as Morgan County’s top cop. A settlement has been reached in the bankruptcy case involving a failed car dealership Franklin was a part of. The sheriff has been ordered to […]

  • Alabama AG’s Office, WMEL water authority still haven’t met to address drinking water concerns

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tuesday announcement of its intent to get rid of a rule under the Clean Water Act. The Water of the United States regulation, which included the federal government to have authority over streams and wetlands went into effect in 2015. The attorney general was quick to respond and announce his support on the repeal of that part of the Clean Water Act. However, it’s been […]

  • Athens murder suspect served time in Indiana prison for attempted murder

    ATHENS, Ala. – A man charged with murdering his mother in Athens on Wednesday appears to have served time for an attempted murder charge in Indiana. Athens police arrested Sean Kevin Sutton, 47, Wednesday afternoon. He’s charged with murdering his mother, Emma Sutton, 79, at her apartment on Malone Street. WHNT News 19 has learned Sutton served time previously in the late 90s, for an attempted murder in Indiana. The Indiana Department of Corrections website notes he was sentenced to […]

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