Bad Behavior: The latest on accusations of bad behavior in the Marshall County Jail
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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
  • Marshall County Chairman says commission has never received pay increase request for jailers

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. –  County officials say the record contradicts Sheriff Scott Walls statement that a lack of funding and low pay is causing issues in the jail. Walls released the statement on Wednesday following a disturbance at the jail. He cited overcrowding, a lack of funding, and a high turnover rate due to low pay as factors as to why a disturbance broke out. Walls blamed County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson for denying funding and pay increase requests “numerous […]

  • Limestone County Board of Education issues letter of reprimand to Superintendent

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The Limestone County Board of Education issued a letter of reprimand against Superintendent Tom Sisk on Tuesday night. The letter references how Sisk handled the hiring of his daughter as a special education at Johnson Elementary School. The contract offer for Sisk’s daughter was rescinded in June after the school board attorney raised concerns of a possible violation of the nepotism law. The board letter says Superintendent Sisk failed to make himself fully aware of the […]

  • Decatur doctor accused of sexual assault responds to lawsuit

    DECATUR, Ala. – A Decatur doctor accused of sexually assaulting several of his patients is disputing all claims of wrongdoing. Dr. Michael Dick of Alabama Medicine and Rheumatology Clinic responded to a lawsuit filed on behalf of six women who claim to be his former patients. The doctor also filed a protective order asking a judge to stop the victims from sharing their stories with the media. A Birmingham-based attorney responded on behalf of Dr. Dick saying there is “no […]

  • Private investigator takes on 2013 controversial cold case murder

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A private investigator is working to solve a nearly five-year-old cold case murder in Madison County that is the subject of a a controversial investigation. Jason Klonowski, an outspoken critic of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, was found murdered at his Harvest home in November 2013. In the weeks before his death, Klonowski vowed to keep the pressure on the Sheriff’s Office after his friend Robert Bryant was beaten by deputies. A former deputy went to prison in connection […]

  • Huntsville Police refuse sheriff’s office request to take over controversial Klonowski murder case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – WHNT News 19 has learned that the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reached out to Huntsville Police this week, asking HPD to take over the investigation into the 2013 killing of Jason Klonowski, an outspoken critic of the sheriff’s office. We have also confirmed that Huntsville Police declined the request, saying if there were impropriety on the part of the sheriff’s office, it wouldn’t be appropriate for HPD to investigate. Klonowski was found dead outside of his Harvest […]

  • Marshall County Sheriff remains silent after dozens of drug cases dismissed for lack of evidence

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. -A judge dismisses dozens of drug cases which stemmed from a major drug roundup by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office that happened back in May. The mass dismissal is a result of a lack of sufficient video evidence, according to Marshall County District Attorney Everette Johnson. The district attorney says he called for a review of the cases after he learned evidence used to obtain arrest warrants may not be accurate. Johnson added in several cases, dealing with video evidence, […]

  • Alabama Secretary of State questions Alabama Ethics Commission vote on campaign finance penalties

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is calling out the Ethics Commission and questioning its decision to waive fines for violations of the state’s campaign finance law. The fines were for late filing of campaign finance reports. Under Alabama law, candidates and political action committees are required to report who contributes and how that money is spent. Merrill is upset because every single fine for 2018 election violations was overturned by the Ethics Commission. “We are supposed […]

  • Democratic gubernatorial nominee says new leadership is needed to stop corruption in Alabama politics

    FLORENCE, Ala. – On Thursday, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walt Maddox made his first public appearance after grasping the nomination. He spoke to the Alabama Democratic caucus in Florence about a number of solutions to several problems in Alabama. Maddox focused on corruption following the news that Representative Ed Henry was indicted on federal fraud charges. He told reporters it is time for a change in Alabama leadership. “The last eight years Alabama has continually stayed at 47th, 48th, 49th, and […]

  • Gov. Ivey announced plan to allow trained school administrators to be armed, questions about plan remain

    Governor Kay Ivey announced the Alabama Sentry Program which provides for an additional security measure in schools that do not have a School Resource Officer. The program would be voluntary which will permit administrators in schools, without an SRO, to maintain a firearm on campus in a secured safe in order to be prepared to respond to an active shooter situation. Administrators would be required to successfully complete training created and certified by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Unlike teachers, […]

  • GOP District 7 Senate candidates receive money from PACS, casino owners, and employer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Days out from the Alabama Primary Election, Republican candidates running for the District 7 seat are aggressively campaigning. Money has poured into the Republican race for Alabama’s District 7 seat, but who is giving money to the two candidates is very different. Mary Scott Hunter has received more than $150,000 from her boss Harold Brewer at Intuitive Research and Technology. That’s more than a fourth of the amount she’s raised for the District 7 Senate seat. WHNT’S […]

  • Alabama Department of Public Health issues fish consumption advisory list

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Public Health warns that several waterways in North Alabama have fish that could be harmful for people to eat. The fish advisory list is based on data collected from bodies of water across the state. Those samples help determine if the fish in Alabama waterways are too dangerous to eat. David Whiteside with Tennessee Riverkeeper said, “If you’re out there and are going to catch a fish, please read the fish advisories first and […]

  • Huntsville Veteran awarded Bronze Star Medal decades after service

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Huntsville veteran was awarded a Bronze Star Medal Tuesday evening.  Chief Warrant Officer Three Cecil Graham was part of the 501st Signal Battalion, 101st Airborne Division during Operation Desert Storm. The Bronze Star Medal is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism, for meritorious service. “I never thought about it. I just did my job like every other 500,000 soldiers did,” says Graham. He served as the officer in charge of the electronics maintenance in 1991. […]