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Breaking News: Interim coroner named

Gov. Mark Sanford this afternoon appointed Sabrina Gast, coordinator of theSexual Assault Nurse Examiners program at the Rock Hill Police Department,to serve as interim York County coroner.

Gast takes over the office from David Chambers, who has been managing theday-to-day operations since Sanford suspended elected Coroner Doug McKown onJuly 21.

McKown was suspended a day after a grand jury indicted him on charges ofdistribution of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlledsubstance and unlawful possession of a prescription drug. The indictmentsstem from an early May incident in which police say they have a video thatshows McKown watching as his girlfriend makes a drug deal in York.

The suspension severed McKown from office until the charges are resolved.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Herald.