Woman killed in early morning crash

Reserve — A 40-year-old Garyville woman died Wednesday after her car was struck by a tractor trailer on Airline Highway.

Rebranda Steib was hit while trying to cross the southbound lanes of U.S. 61 near La. 637, according to State Police.

Investigators said Steib was exiting a parking lot and was hit by a 2004 International tanker whose path she crossed. The accident shut down Airline Highway for an extended period of time Wednesday morning. Toxicology reports are pending, but driver impairment is not considered an issue, according to authorities.

Teen stabbed during fight between families

New Orleans — A 16-year-old girl was stabbed during a fight between two families in a troubled Algiers apartment complex Tuesday morning.

Police said the incident was reported shortly before 11:45 a.m. in the 3300 block of Garden Oaks Drive. According to police, the victim was approached by another young woman she knows. The victim and that woman began to fight and were joined in the altercation by both of their mothers. Police said the victim was stabbed in the shoulder and taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

Two robberies reported Tuesday

New Orleans — Police are investigating separate armed robberies in eastern New Orleans and the Fairgrounds neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

The first incident was reported at 2:33 p.m. in the 13000 block of North Nemours Street in eastern New Orleans. A 40-year-old man said someone he knew pulled a gun on him, rifled through his pockets and stole his cash.

A few hours later, near St. Bernard Avenue and North Gayoso Street, a 15-year-old boy reported that two men approached him from behind on the street. One of the men was armed, and they stole the victim’s phone before fleeing the scene.

Apartment blaze displaces 38 residents

New Orleans — A fire at an Uptown apartment complex forced more than three dozen residents from their homes Wednesday.

The fire was reported at the Magnolia Villas complex, 1801 Magnolia St., according to the New Orleans Fire Department. Firefighters responded to an alarm and found smoke coming from the building. They evacuated 38 residents and discovered that the fire started on a mattress in a bedroom in a unit. Firefighters reported that the resident of that apartment was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, and several other apartments had severe water damage.

Power to the building was turned off, but no other injuries were reported.

Compiled by Allen Powell II, New Orleans bureau