CBS 3 anchor Larry Mendte has been released from his contract, the station announced on its 6 p.m. news moments ago. "Mendte is currently under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and has not appeared on CBS 3 since May 29, 2008," the station announced. "The decision to terminate Mendte’s employment was based on an independent investigation conducted by CBS." Mendte had been co-anchor of CBS 3's 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts since September 2003. He's been benched over the investigation on whether he snooped on former colleague Alycia Lane's private e-mails..