Insider Transactions is a weekly report of stock transactions involving officers and directors of publicly owned local companies.

Stock trading by corporate insiders often is a bellwether of corporate health. Most insiders buy stock or exercise options to make a profit. And insiders may be selling stock for tax reasons, estate planning or cash needs.

The following insider transactions involving companies in the Washington, Baltimore and Richmond areas were compiled by States News Service from reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission. AVEMCO CORP.

John M. St. Peter, an officer of Avemco Corp. of Frederick, sold 12,500 common shares from May 31 to June 4 for $9.13 each, and no longer holds any company stock.

BTR REALTY INC.

Northern Pacific Corp., a beneficial owner of BTR Realty Inc. of Linthicum, disposed of 46,065 common shares in an exchange May 16 at an undisclosed price. It sold 1,000 common shares for $5.75 each May 24, and controls 632,451 common shares directly and 410,708 common shares indirectly.

BTU INTERNATIONAL INC.

James N. Armstrong, a vice president of BTU International Inc. of Rockville, privately sold 10,000 common shares May 31 for $3 each. Armstrong controls 5,000 common shares directly and 470 common shares indirectly.

CAPITAL HOUSING AND MORTGAGE PARTNERS INC.

Harvey W. Willoughby, president of Capital Housing & Mortgage Parters of Rockville, purchased 13,400 common shares from May 7 to May 11 for $6.88 to $7 each. Willoughby holds 14,300 common shares indirectly.

CIRCUIT CITY STORES INC.

James N. Gillum, a vice president of Circuit City Stores of Richmond, exercised options for 1,600 common shares at $11.44 each on May 22. Gillum owns 42,246 common shares directly.

CORDATUM INC.

Merle C. Garvis, a beneficial owner of Cordatum Inc. of McLean, acquired 333,333 common shares through an exchange April 16 for an undisclosed amount. Garvis owns 333,333 common shares directly and 4,000 common shares indirectly.

COSMETIC & FRAGRANCE CONCEPTS INC.

Louis R. Weinstein, an officer, director and beneficial owner of Cosmetic & Fragrance Concepts Inc. of Beltsville, purchased 10,000 common shares May 29 for $5.69 each, and now owns 1.2 million common shares directly.

CROWN CENTRAL PETROLEUM CORP.

AIC Ltd., a beneficial owner of Crown Central Petroleum of Baltimore, sold 70,000 class A common shares from April 6 to May 25 for $32.25 to $35.75 each. He owns 448,900 class A common shares directly.

DOMINION BANKSHARES CORP.

James A. Webb Jr., chairman of the board of Dominion Bankshares of Roanoke, purchased 10,000 common shares May 15 for $14.50 each. Webb holds 44,842 common shares directly.

ETHYL CORP.

Floyd D. Gottwald Jr., chairman of the board of Ethyl Corp. of Richmond, acquired 1,881 common shares through a plan April 30 for an undisclosed amount. Gottwald owns 5.7 million common shares directly and 4.9 million common shares indirectly.

FIDELITY BANCSHARES INC.

Stanley M. Chernau, a shareholder of Fidelity Bancshares Inc. of Norfolk, sold 4,000 common shares between May 9 and May 15 for $15.75 to $16.50 each, and now owns 4,850 common shares directly.

FIRST CITIZENS FINANCIAL CORP

N. Richard Kimmel, a director of First Citizens Financial Corp. of Silver Spring, acquired 15,000 common shares May 29 for $5.25 each. Kimmel controls 51,610 common shares directly and 47,500 common shares indirectly.

GREATER WASHINGTON INVESTORS INC.

Maryland Research Industries Inc., a beneficial owner of Greater Washington Investors of Chevy Chase, purchased 5,000 common shares from May 1 to May 31 for $2.88 to $2.95 each, and owns 314,300 common shares directly and 132,200 common shares indirectly.

Arch C. Scurlock, also a beneficial owner, reported identical transactions and now owns 446,500 common shares indirectly.

GROWTH STOCK OUTLOOK TRUST INC.

Atlee M. Kohl, a director and beneficial owner of Growth Stock Outlook Trust Inc. of Bethesda, purchased 3,700 common shares between May 10 and May 17 for $9.38 each. Kohl controls 6,000 common shares directly and 29,584 common shares indirectly.

Nicole F. Kohl, a shareholder, purchased 1,000 common shares May 10 for the same price, and now holds 18,583 common shares indirectly.

HEILIG-MEYERS CO.

Arthur D. Charpentier, a director of Heilig-Meyers Co. of Richmond, sold 8,826 common shares May 15 for $25.75 each. Charpentier owns 11,675 common shares directly and 1,700 common shares indirectly.

HILB, ROGAL & HAMILTON CO.

Robert S. Ukrop, a director of Hilb, Rogal & Hamilton of Glen Allen, Va., purchased 1,000 common shares June 11 for $14.25 each, and controls 8,750 common shares directly and 5,448 common shares indirectly.

JAMES RIVER CORP.

Sovran Bank N.A., a trustee of James River Corp. of Richmond, disposed of 92,438 common shares May 1 for an undisclosed amount, acquired 1,768 shares on May 25 at an unreported price, and purchased 253,314 shares between May 8 and May 30 for $22.84 to $25.33 each. The bank now controls 8.5 million common shares directly and 9.25 million common shares indirectly.

Brenton S. Halsey, chairman of the board of James River disposed of 9,075 common shares May 9 for an undisclosed amount. Halsey holds 595,303 common shares directly and 58,082 common shares indirectly.

MERRY-GO-ROUND ENTERPRISES INC.

Thomas J. Byrne Jr., a director of Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc. of Joppa, sold 3,024 common shares May 14 for $24.14 each, and now owns 1,699 common shares directly.

Harold E. Goldsmith, an officer, director and beneficial owner, sold 108,500 common shares May 31 for $24.22 each. Goldsmith controls 3.6 million common shares directly and 73,751 common shares indirectly.

Kenneth Rodriguez, an officer, sold 6,500 common shares May 11 for $24.63 each, and owns 50,789 common shares directly.

Officer and Director Michael D. Sullivan sold 250,000 common shares on the same day for $25.46 each and another 10,666 shares for an undisclosed amount. Sullivan owns 168,852 common shares directly.

Leonard Weinglass, an officer, director and beneficial owner, sold 117,700 common shares May 31 for $26 each. He controls 3.7 million common shares directly and 65,464 common shares indirectly.

Officer Barrie R. Wood sold 2,100 common shares May 15 for $24.23 each, and now controls 9,333 common shares directly and 1,000 common shares indirectly.

MID ATLANTIC MEDICAL SERVICES INC.

Peter L. Flaherty Jr., a director of Mid Atlantic Medical Services Inc. of Rockville, sold 25,000 common shares May 14 for $7 each, and now owns 228,814 common shares directly.

Horace W. Bernton, also a director, sold 12,000 common shares between May 1 and May 11 for $6.13 to $8 each. Bernton controls 76,162 common shares directly and 43,000 common shares indirectly.

Stanley M. Dahlman, a director, sold 5,698 common shares May 18 for $8 each. Dahlman owns 15,000 common shares directly.

Director John L. Ford sold 2,000 common shares for $7.88 each May 10, and currently controls 204,452 common shares directly and 2,636 common shares indirectly.

NOVA PHARMACEUTICAL CORP.

Gerald R. Ford, a director of Nova Pharmaceutical of Baltimore, sold 5,000 common shares June 8 for $4.13 each, and now owns 10,000 common shares directly.

OWENS & MINOR INC.

Robert E. Anderson III, an officer of Owens & Minor Inc. of Glen Allen, Va., sold 5,500 common shares May 4 for $11.88 each. Anderson owns 5,959 common shares directly.

PIEDMONT FEDERAL CORP.

Nicholas Carosi III, a director of Piedmont Federal Corp. of Manassas, sold 3,888 common shares May 3 for $8.90 each, and now owns 89,260 common shares directly and 22,151 common shares indirectly.

Richard A. Beamer, an officer and director of Piedmont Federal, acquired 1,125 common shares May 21 for an undisclosed amount. Beamer controls 8,716 common shares directly and 2,577 common shares indirectly.

A. Pickens Butler, a shareholder, acquired 1,266 common shares May 21 for an undisclosed amount. Butler owns 10,572 common shares directly and 2,815 common shares indirectly.

PUTNAM MANAGED MUNICIPAL INCOME TRUST

George Putnam Jr., a trustee of Putnam Managed Municipal Income Trust of McLean, purchased 1,100 common shares May 29 for $9.13 each, and now holds that number of shares directly.

QUADRA LOGIC TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Edmond A. Lemieux, a director of Quadra Logic Technologies Inc. of Washington, sold 2,000 common shares between May 24 and May 25 at $11.63 to $11.88 each, and now owns 41,800 common shares directly.

Anthony G. Phillips, a director of Quadra Logic Technologies, sold 10,000 common shares May 22 for $11.62 each. Phillips owns 243,557 common shares directly.

ROUSE CO.

Perry C. Page, a vice president of the Rouse Co. of Columbia, exercised options for 15,000 common shares May 29 at $5.33 each, and currently owns 64,500 common shares directly.

RYLAND GROUP INC.

Thurman W. Bretz, a vice president of Ryland Group Inc. of Columbia, acquired 10,675 common shares through a plan May 18 for an undisclosed amount, and now controls 6,444 common shares directly and 13,957 common shares indirectly.

James F. McEneaney, a director of Ryland Group, acquired 16,817 common shares for an undisclosed price through a plan May 18. Ryland holds 32,614 common shares directly and 21,345 common shares indirectly.

Charles E. Peck, a shareholder, acquired 38,129 common shares through a plan May 18 and currently holds 215,071 common shares directly and 35,964 common shares indirectly. No prices were reported for either purchase.

SIGNET BANKING CORP.

Thomas E. Capps, a director of Signet Banking Corp., purchased 1,200 common shares of the Richmond company May 1 for $23.25 each. Capps holds 956 common shares directly and 8,977 common shares indirectly.

UNC INC.

Dan A. Colussy, chairman of UNC Inc. of Annapolis, purchased 20,000 common shares between May 11 and May 31 for $4 to $4.25 each. Colussy owns 36,000 common shares directly.

Robert L. Pevenstein, a vice president, purchased 2,500 common shares between May 10 and May 11 for $4.13 each. Pevenstein holds the shares directly.

UNUM CORP.

Richard B. Dalbeck, a vice president of Unum Corp. of Annapolis, exercised rights for 2,169 common shares May 10 for $47.25 each. Dalbeck controls 3,085 common shares directly and 4,601 common shares indirectly.

USF&G CORP.

Jack Moseley, chairman of USF&G Corp. of Baltimore, acquired 2,240 common shares through a plan May 3 for $19.94 each. Moseley owns 21,946 common shares directly. VSE CORP.

VSE Corp. Employee Stock Ownership Plan acquired 1,000 common shares of the Alexandria company through a plan May 18 for $8.88 each. The plan now owns 288,047 common shares directly.