Tahlequah Daily Press

November 16, 2012

Woman released from jail to seek treatment

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Cherokee County woman arrested several times this year on methamphetamine-related charges was allowed to be released from jail Thursday morning to seek treatment.

Special District Judge Holli Wells on Wednesday granted Emily M. Bright, 25, the ability to be released to her mother from the Cherokee County Detention Center, court records show. Bright was ordered to go directly to Chi Hullo Li, a treatment center in Talihina.

Bright is ordered to report back to CCDC “immediately” if she leaves the treatment facility, or face a warrant for escape, the judge said.

Bright was first arrested in late July after she and Arthur Adney, 48, fled from a structure fire on Oak Avenue in Tahlequah. Police later spotted their vehicle and arrested Bright, but Adney escaped on foot.

Both were charged as a result of the case, which prosecutors said involved a methamphetamine lab being produced in the shed. That lab allegedly led to the fire.

Local investigators then began their search for Adney, but during a county-wide warrant sweep, were unable to locate him.

Then in September, authorities went to a home in Park Hill to look for Adney and found both he and Bright, who had posted bond on her first arrest. Authorities said they discovered a meth lab and other components at the home.

Bright, Adney, and several others were arrested and have since been formally charged on allegations of manufacturing meth.

Bright allegedly told investigators she had purchased pseudoephedrine for Adney to cook methamphetamine and was using the money from sales to pay her bail bondsman.