Bar Owner Charged With Arranging Beating of ?Albany Times Union? Food Writer

By: E&P Staff

An Albany, N.Y., bar owner was arraigned Friday on a charge that he arranged the beating of a Albany Times Union food writer in October 2008.

Timothy Rankins was arraigned in Albany County Court on a single count of third-degree assault, according to an account on the Times Union Website by staff writers Brendan J. Lyons and Robert Gavin.

Rankins is accused of arranging the assault on Times Union food writer Steve Barnes and a friend as the two were leaving a restaurant opening preview dinner on Oct. 17, 2008.

The newspaper did not specify a motive for the alleged arranged beating.

Thursday, another man, Jason Spiegel, was arrested for the assault on Barnes. His brother, described by the paper as a professional fighter, had been charged in the attack but the case against him was dismissed by a judge.

Rankins, owner of the Envy Lounge, was released on $5,000 Friday afternoon.

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