James Pflueger finally sentenced for his crimes

Per someone who wrote to me on Facebook, James Pflueger has finally been sentenced for causing the deaths of seven people and one unborn child when his dam collapsed and drowned them all in the ensuing 350,000,000-gallon flood. The bodies of four of the victims were never found: Timothy Noonan, Carl Rotstein, Daniel Arroyo and a toddler, Rowan Dingwall, whose parents were also killed.

Pflueger’s sentence? SEVEN MONTHS IN PRISON. Seven months, plus five years’ probation, and a $7,000 fine which is pennies to him as he’s worth millions of dollars. That’s only one month and one thousand dollars per person killed (minus Christina MacNees’s baby). Pflueger’s company has already paid a $50,000 fine for each victim — money to go to the state. So one month in prison and $51,000 — that’s how much a person’s life is worth in the state of Hawaii, which is also partially responsible for what happened because they failed to perform required inspections on Pflueger’s dam. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

MP of the week: Lisa Lambert

This week’s featured missing person is fourteen-year-old Lisa Monique Lambert, missing since 1979 from Baltimore. 35 years ago this past week she left home, telling her parents she was going to dance class. It isn’t clear whether she arrived or not, but one account I found says she did. She never returned home. Her brother saw her a few days later; she got into a vehicle and disappeared again. No one’s heard from her since.

It sounds like Lisa might have run away, at least at first, but it’s highly unusual for a runaway to be missing for this long without contact.

Lisa’s stepfather, William Chestnut, died in early 2004; I found his obituary at NewsLibrary. He had nine biological children, plus Lisa, who is listed in his obituary as having survived him. I think Lisa’s mother, Marlene Chestnut, might have died last year. I found an obituary for a woman of that name and the funeral home that handled the service is in Baltimore. I didn’t see a list of survivors, though, so I’m not 100% sure if that’s her.