Suspicious package at doctor's home turns out to be cookbook

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.

Members of the Memphis Police Department's bomb squad were called to the scene to inspect the package, which turned out to contain a cookbook.

The package was considered suspicious because it was not delivered by a normal package delivery service.  Rather, it was said to be dropped off at the house by a real estate agent.

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.

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.