Kudos to the Town Crier for having the restraint not to blame this on Mexican nationals.
For a brief tense moment Wednesday, a Los Altos neighborhood came to a standstill as police searched for a gunman with hostages.
An emergency phone system warned residents to stay inside; police helicopters circled overhead and SWAT vans filled the street.
As it turned out, nothing had happened. It was all a hoax.
(While this is sort of a "things that are not happening in Los Altos" story, it differs from the prototypical entries in that series, because -- unlike contaminated pet food, bowling and Black Friday -- a hostage crisis would be interesting if it were to actually happen.)