Local news briefs: Jan. 7, 2014

TID board of directors meet today for election of officers

The board of directors of the Talent Irrigation District will meet at 1:30 p.m. today at the district office, 104 West Valley View Road, Talent.

The agenda includes the election of officers, organization of administration and the 2012-13 audit report.

Tree work today will close parts of Black Oak, Barnett

Right of way work by J&J Tree Service scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today will close traffic lanes on sections of Black Oak Drive and East Barnett Road.

Black Oak Drive will see a lane closure between Siskiyou Boulevard and East Barnett Road. East Barnett Road will be closed from Black Oak Drive to Solano Circle.

For more information, contact Medford Public Works at 541-774-2100.

Lane closure on Juanipero Way lasts through Friday

One lane of Juanipero Way between Murphy Road and La Loma Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Jan. 10, the city of Medford reports.

During that time, contractor Central Pipeline will work on the right of way. Flag crews will be in place. Motorists should plan for delays and consider alternate routes.

For more information, contact the Medford Public Works Department at 541-774-2100.

Motorcycle rider arrested after driving 100 mph on I-5

A California man with a suspended driver's license, no insurance and expired vehicle registration was arrested in Jackson County over the weekend after Oregon State Police clocked him driving more than 100 mph on his motorcycle.

Patrick Whalen Parks, 21, of El Sobrante, Calif., was arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for reckless driving. He was also cited for driving while suspended, driving uninsured and having expired vehicle registration. He is no longer listed in the jail, records show.

Oregon State Police first saw Parks headed south on Interstate 5 on a silver Suzuki motorcycle near Valley of the Rogue State Park at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. A radar gun showed Parks was driving faster than 100 mph.

OSP said heavy traffic made it difficult to catch up to the motorcycle as it weaved in and out of traffic. Police reported Parks also passed a vehicle on the inside median, almost causing a crash. Police eventually stopped Parks near milepost 38, just south of Gold Hill. He was arrested and taken to jail.

Compiled from staff reports

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