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The Lake Accotink dam in Springfield (staff photo by David Taube)

Oath Keepers Member at Capitol Attack Pleads Guilty — “On Jan. 5, 2021…[William Todd Wilson] drove to a hotel in Tysons Corner in Virginia with an AR-15-style rifle, a 9mm pistol, about 200 rounds of ammunition, body armor, pepper spray and a large walking stick ‘intended for use as a weapon,’ according to court records filed Wednesday.” [The Washington Post]

FCPD Seeks Help Finding Eyeglass Thieves — Fairfax County police are investigating a “smash-and-grab” larceny that occurred at My Eye Dr (6307 Richmond Highway) in Belle Haven on April 19. The suspects allegedly stole over $20,000 of eyeglass frames. Similar thefts have been reported across the D.C. area in recent months, including at a store in McLean. [FCPD]

Reston Startup Raises $9M — “Hubble Technology Inc., an early-stage cybersecurity startup based in Reston, has raised a $9 million seed round to grow its business…Hubble said in an announcement the new funding will be used to grow its D.C.-area engineering team to scale the business and meet increasing demand.” [Washington Business Journal]

Track Work to Disrupt Metro’s Orange Line Service — “During the weekends of May 7-8 and 15-16, Orange Line service will end at Stadium-Armory. The free shuttle buses offered on the Orange Line will replicate the service customers can expect to see this summer during weekdays.” [WMATA]

Fairfax Man Found Guilty After Allegedly Driving 103 MPH — “A Loudoun County jury on Wednesday returned a finding of guilt against a Fairfax man for reckless driving, a class 1 misdemeanor, by speed and recommended the maximum fine allowed under law of $2,500, according to a May 4 release from the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.” [Loudoun Times-Mirror]

Military Veteran and Spouse Job Fair Coming — “The Veteran and Military Spouse Career Fair will be held in person from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 11 at the National Museum of the United States Army…A virtual career fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 12 through online meeting portal Brazen. The event is free to attend.” [Patch]

Plan for Housing Voucher Program Released — The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority has released its draft fiscal year 2023 Moving to Work Plan, which outlines how the county will administer its housing choice vouchers and other affordable housing programs. The plan is now open for written comments, and there will be a public hearing on May 19. [Housing and Community Development]

It’s Friday — Rain throughout the day. High of 64 and low of 56. Sunrise at 6:06 am and sunset at 8:07 pm. [Weather.gov]

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The tech startup Sheeva.AI has opened a corporate headquarters office at 8609 Westwood Center Drive in Tysons (via Google Maps)

Tysons is now home to a technology startup that enables drivers to automatically pay for parking, gas and other vehicle-related expenses.

Citing expectations of rapid growth, Sheeva.AI opened its first corporate headquarters in the office building at 8609 Westwood Center Drive last Tuesday (Feb. 15), the company announced.

The startup also added an office in the Detroit, Michigan, area, drawn by the automobile industry’s major presence in that region.

“The decision to expand our office presence in Northern Virginia and Detroit regions was a logical next step for us,” Sheeva.AI founder and CEO Evgeny Klochikhin said in the press release.

Founded in March 2016, Sheeva.AI has been developing a cloud-based platform to provide real-time location data that can be used for vehicle-related services, from guiding drivers to empty parking spaces to enabling automatic toll, gas and curbside pick-up payments.

The company had been operating remotely, with its leadership team primarily based in Alexandria, but it experienced growth last year that suggested a physical base would be needed to better meet employees and customers’ needs, according to Randy Brown, Sheeva.AI’s director of communications.

“With a majority of our executive leadership already located in northern Virginia, as well as the region’s excellent pool of talent — especially in the technology industry — it made sense for the area to be the home base for our operations,” Brown said by email. “Tysons is the epicenter of the Dulles technology corridor, and that was an important factor for us as we grow our company and advance our vehicle location based solutions.”

There are currently six employees working out of the new headquarters, but the startup anticipates expanding its workforce in both Tysons and the Detroit area throughout this year.

Brown says Sheeva.AI plans to spend 2022 “ramping up our capabilities to scale” and connecting with the vehicle and service industries “to identify the right opportunities to bring our product to market.”

Though it lost out on Amazon’s new headquarters to neighboring Arlington County, Fairfax County has become a popular destination for the technology industry, with about 8,800 companies and roughly one in every four jobs related to that sector, according to the county’s Economic Development Authority.

The EDA reported that the information technology services sector accounted for 29.5% of the new jobs added in the county in 2021.

Photo via Google Maps

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