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Mayor of Hurricane arrested in poaching case

KANAB — The mayor of Hurricane is under investigation for a wildlife crime related to another person's alleged poaching of a deer on his property in Kane County, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has confirmed.

John Wayne Bramall, 59, was voluntarily booked into the Kane County Jail on Oct. 27, said DWR Capt. Mitch Lane. He was released the same day. Jail records indicate he is being investigated for two counts of aiding or assisting in a wildlife violation.

Two deer, including one that qualifies as a trophy deer, were illegally killed and taken from property in Kane County that Bramall owns on Oct. 22, Lane said. The captain identified the men believed to be responsible for that incident as Gordon Wesley Marble, 58, and John Wesley Marble, 29, both from West Point.

Kane County Jail records show the elder Marble was booked Oct. 22 for investigation of felony poaching trophy wildlife, while the younger man was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor wanton destruction of wildlife. Both men bailed out Oct. 23.

One of Bramall's alleged offenses could amount to a felony if Bramall is charged, but no formal charges had been filed against him or the other two men as of Thursday.

Lane said he believes the Marbles are relatives of Bramall. The Hurricane mayor himself was not present at his Kane County property on Oct. 22 and that is why he wasn't arrested that day, according to Lane. He said he couldn't go into more detail about why Bramall is suspected of "aiding" or "assisting" the men, but said the Marbles didn't have permits to hunt in the area where the deer were taken.

Bramall did not respond to attempts to reach him for comment.

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