A Kountze city councilman is free on bond following his arrest on a charge of theft of property. Ira Braneff is accused of taking $3,000 that was paid to him for the purchase of a gravestone. Braneff, the owner of Big Thicket Memorials, turned himself into the Hardin County Jail yesterday morning and was released after posting $10,000 bond. He faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if he is convicted.