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 “God did it,” Mary Ayala said as she witnessed her childhood dream become reality. Ayala was officially sworn in this past week as a Jefferson police officer after being the first civilian participant in the city's Adopt-A-Cop program. She also is Jefferson's first female Hispanic officer.

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A civil lawsuit filed by a Waskom man against former Harrison County Sheriff’s deputy Charles “Chase” Dotson and two “bystander” officers in connection with an aggravated assault by a public servant incident has been dismissed after reaching a settlement for $325,000.