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OTTAWA — Village and state officials confirmed that allegations of abuse at a long-term care facility have led to an investigation.



“We have received a complaint against Autumn Court,” said Tessie Pollock, a public information officer for the Ohio Department of Health.



Chief Richard Knowlton of the Ottawa Police Department said his department is aware of the allegations and the Department of Health’s involvement.



“I’ve got a call into the prosecutor to see where our role lies,” he said.



Officer Tammy S. Griffith of the Ottawa Police Department would not disclose specific allegations.



“Employees and some residents saw things they weren’t comfortable with,” she said.



Pollock said no information about the department’s investigation will be available for about 12 days.



Autumn Court is a 50-bed facility that serves residents with behavioral health issues. It is operated by Peregrine Health Services of Columbus.



Peregrine’s Vice President of Operations Karl Weninger said his company asked for the investigation.



“We initiated the investigation ourselves,” he said. “We involved the local police and the Ohio Department of Health.”



He said he expects the investigation to be wrapped up early next week.



“We are absolutely committed to providing the residents at Autumn Court with the care and services they deserve,” Weninger said.



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