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Lakeland medical examiner working to identify remains

LAKELAND, Florida - A man searching for scrap metal along a rural Lakeland roadway said it was an ordinary day.

"That's what I do," said the man, who asked to only be identified as "John." "I go in the woods all the time, I run across snakes, all kinds a crazy things."

But John said just before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning he found something he immediately recognized as suspicious -- what appeared to be human skeletal remains.

Lakeland Electric fuel charge decreasing in October

LAKELAND, Florida -- The Lakeland City Commission unanimously voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers 50 cents per 1,000 kWh beginning on October 1, 2013.

The new fuel charge will be $40.85 per 1,000 kWh. 

However, the city says the environmental charge will increase slightly due to standards mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Based on Florida Municipal Electric Association data, Lakeland Electric's residential rates after the October 1, 2013 fuel charge decrease will be the lowest in the state. 

Human bones discovered in Lakeland woods

LAKELAND, Florida - A homicide investigation is underway in northwest Lakeland Tuesday after a man searching for scrap metal reported finding human remains hidden in a wooded area shortly before 9 a.m. 

The remains, which included a human skull, were in a container discovered near the intersection of North Wabash Avenue and Crutchfield Road.

PHOTOS: Human bones discovered in Lakeland

Bartow Police issue Friday Fest traffic warning

Bartow Police issue Friday Fest traffic warning

Bartow, FL -- Friday Fest means fun, but it also means tons of traffic, and though this is a monthly event, officials say this month there are changes you need to know about.

That's why Bartow Police have issued an early warning for area locals to consider for this coming Friday, September 20. 

Drivers are advised that the stage area for Friday Fest will be re-located for this event to Wilson Avenue. Because of that, Wilson Avenue will be closed for the set-up of the event starting early in the afternoon.

Precautionary boil water notice issued in Kathleen area

Lakeland, Florida -- A precautionary boil water notice has been issued in the Kathleen area within the Northwest Region Public Water System.

Polk County Utilities issued the notice after a water main broke resulting in a loss of pressure for customers.

As a precaution, the County is advising that all water users drink bottled water and/or boil water to a rolling boil for at least one minute for cooking and drinking.

Cyberbullying prompts social media snooping

St. Petersburg, Florida -- With kids expressing all sorts of thoughts and feelings through their keyboards, social media sites host the good, the bad, and the ugly.

As a result, a California Company called Geo Listening, that provides kind of a high-tech snooping service, is contracting with school districts.

A final goodbye for 12-year-old bullying suicide victim

Bartow, Florida -- If Rebecca Sedwick knew how much she is loved her friends say she would be alive today. Instead, family and friends said their final farewell to the 12-year-old who took her life a week ago.

Flowers were cascaded over her white casket and pictures of 12-year-old Rebecca's life play on a monitor as tears roll and hugs are given. About 250 friends and family members filled the Whidden-McLean funeral home in Bartow.