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Suspicious package delivered to doctor's home

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WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - The delivery of what authorities called a suspicious package led to tense moments Thursday morning outside the home of a prominent Arkansas physician.

West Memphis police officers surrounded the home where Dr. Trent Pierce lives after the package was found early Thursday morning. 

Officials said the package was considered suspicious because it was not delivered by a normal package delivery service.

West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert said the package was first noticed by a worker near Pierce's house, who called the doctor to ask him if he was expecting any deliveries. When Pierce said he wasn't, and authorities could not confirm it was delivered by any normal delivery services, the package was considered suspicious.

Members of the Memphis Police Department's bomb squad were called to the scene to inspect the package.

"They x-rayed it, and it looked like a book," Paudert said.

Around that same time, the person who left the package heard about what was going on, and called police.

"It was a real estate agent, who left a cookbook," Paudert said.

The agent apologized to police, saying she drops off holiday cookbooks to clients and friends every year.  Police said they could not take any chances after a bombing at Pierce's home earlier this year.

Pierce, a family practitioner who serves as chairman of the Arkansas Medical Board, lost his left eye when a bomb in his car exploded on the morning of February 4, 2009.

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