North Haven ferry patrons and local residents were surprised to see Southampton Town Police gather by a house on Ferry Road Sunday afternoon replete with a van and backup from New York State troopers. As it turned out a drama was playing inside a house. A 13-year-old boy, alarmed by his father’s actions, had called police.
Southampton Town Police said Stephen Scala, 50, had locked himself in a bedroom and allegedly was using drugs even after police arrived. After negotiations lasting an hour, Scala surrendered, police said. Scala, who police said was using crack cocaine, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and was transported to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for treatment. The son was turned over to his mother.
Southampton Police set up a traffic checkpoint in Riverhead and made a score a short time later. Officers said Johnny Manuel Gomez, 31 of Riverhead was cruis-ing around about 9:40 PM when he came upon police. They said Gomez was intoxicated and took him into custody.